English Choral Music: Britten

English Choral Music: Britten

English Choral Music: Britten
Director of Music: 
Christopher Robinson
Organ Scholar: 
Iain Farrington
Release date: 
May 2000
Record label: 
Naxos
Catalogue number: 
8.554791
Awards: 
Diapason D'Or
Diapason
January 2000
Gramophone Award Nominee
Gramophone
January 2000

This album was chosen for 'Diapason D'Or' and was also selected for Gramophone 'Editor's Choice'. It was later nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2000.

Track list

  1. Rejoice in the Lamb
  2. Te Deum in C
  3. Jubilate Deo
  4. Antiphon
  5. A Hymn to the Virgin
  6. Festival Te Deum
  7. Missa Brevis in D
  8. Hymn to St Peter
  9. A Hymn of St Columba
  10. Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria
  11. Hymn to St Cecilia

Reviews

With Britten comes the thought of high voices: boys' voices that on this Naxos disc belong to the choir of St. John's College, Cambridge... the St. John's singers roundly capture the elusive tonal qualities of Britten's choral music, and the recording has a proper sense of space and locality

Nicholas Williams, BBC Music Magazine (June 2000)

This disc will make an excellent introduction to Britten's choral music-and will satisfy Britten aficionados who just can't resist adding another top drawer compilation to their collection

David Vernier, Classics Today (June 2000)

The biting attack of these young singers is enhanced by refined recording which thrillingly brings out the wide dynamic contrasts. The Prelude and Fugue for organ with its elaborate counterpoint is also brilliantly done

Penguin Guide (January 2009)

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