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  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Composer: Britten
  • Audio CD (3 Oct. 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Coro
  • ASIN: B000B86582
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,340 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. A Ceremony Of Carols: Procession 1:39£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. A Ceremony Of Carols: Wolcum Yole! 1:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. A Ceremony Of Carols: There Is No Rose 2:15£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Ceremony Of Carols: That Yongë Child 1:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. A Ceremony Of Carols: Balulalow 1:15£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Ceremony Of Carols: As Dew In Aprille0:56£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Ceremony Of Carols: This Little Babe 1:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A Ceremony Of Carols: Interlude 3:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Ceremony Of Carols: In Freezing Winter Night 3:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. A Ceremony Of Carols: Spring Carol 1:03£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Ceremony Of Carols: Deo Gracias! 1:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Ceremony Of Carols: Recession 1:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A Shepherd's Carol 3:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Sycamore Tree 1:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sweet Was The Song 2:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Missa Brevis In D: Kyrie 1:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Missa Brevis In D: Gloria 2:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Missa Brevis In D: Sanctus / Benedictus 3:03£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Missa Brevis In D: Agnus Dei 2:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. A Boy Was Born: Theme (Theme) 2:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. A Boy Was Born: Variation I: Lullay, Jesu (Variation I: Lullay, Jesu) 4:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. A Boy Was Born: Variation II: Herod (Variation II: Herod) 2:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. A Boy Was Born: Variation III: Jesu, As Thou Art (Variation III: Jesu, As Thou Art) 2:54£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen24. A Boy Was Born: Variation IV: The Three Kings (Variation IV: The Three Kings) 3:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen25. A Boy Was Born: Variation V: In The Bleak Mid-Winter (Variation V: In The Bleak Mid-Winter) 5:11£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen26. A Boy Was Born: Variation VI: Noel! (Variation VI: Noel!) 9:10£0.89  Buy MP3 

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Britten's A Ceremony of Carols is a masterpiece composed on board ship as Britten returned to England from the U.S.A. in 1948, a touching evocation of boyhood lost but never forgotten. A Boy was Born is a work that first made Britten famous, based on a theme and variations of astonishing ingenuity. The Missa Brevis, written for the boys of Westminster Cathedral, is a gem that in some ways looks forward to the War Requiem which came two years later.

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a disc of exceptional quality, reinforcing The Sixteen's reputation as one of the finest choirs of our day . this is a performance that works to extraordinary effect --Gramophone

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Having sung the Ceremony of Carols as an Oxford chorister over 50 years ago but never 'A Boy was Born', I was more interested in the latter since, in the twilight of my singing career, I was in a performance of this most difficult of difficult works by the 19 year old Britten. The performance by the Sixteen is excellent ... although the quality of sound recording in louder passages is, at times, a little distorted.
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By Stephen on 26 Feb. 2014
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A beautiful recording of a great piece of music. Fantastic Christmas fare. An antidote to all the tinsel and glitter!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan George Hudson on 17 Dec. 2013
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I star, because the music on the cd was not the Ceremony of Carols by Ben. Britten.
I sent it back and you promptly replaced it but it was the same again. I sent this one back and you promptly refunded my payment.
It was a cd of carols but not the one I wanted.

So your service was 5 star.
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Superb 4 Oct. 2013
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The greatest of the British composers as sung by one of the finest of British ensembles. What more could a listener want?!
Not what I was looking for. 17 Jun. 2014
By Dan C. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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A Ceremony of Carols occupies a special place from my childhood Christmas memories. My parents had a recording of this which I have never been able to find. I chose this version hoping it would be close to the version of my memories. It was not. The music is less ethereal and more muddled than I would like. Furthermore they have tacked on some Britten pieces at the end, perhaps because they felt the Ceremony part was not long enough, and these extra pieces totally destroy any mood that might have been established earlier. I have to rush to take it out of my player once the main work is over. I am still looking for a better recording if anyone has any ideas.
a great rendition. Our choir is preparing 2 of the ... 13 Oct. 2014
By Ruthella Graham - Published on Amazon.com
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a great rendition. Our choir is preparing 2 of the numbers and I can sing along with my part at home to this marvelous choir.
Sublime beauty 23 Sept. 2014
By Flying - Published on Amazon.com
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Britten has composed a delightful choral masterpiece sung beautifully by The Sixteen, male and female voices.
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