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Britten - English Choral Music CD


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  • Conductor: Christopher Robinson
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (1 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00004SSKS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Rejoice in God, O ye TonguesBenedict Giles 3:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For I will consider my Cat JeoffreyBenedict Giles 2:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For the Mouse is a creature of great personal valourBenedict Giles0:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For the flowers are great blessingsBenedict Giles 1:56£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For I am under the same accusation with my SaviourBenedict Giles 2:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For H is a spirit and therefore he is GodBenedict Giles 1:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For the instruments are by their rhimesBenedict Giles 2:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: Hallelujah from the heart of GodBenedict Giles 1:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Te Deum in CWilliam Goldring 7:30£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Jubilate DeoIain Farrington 2:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Antiphon, Op. 56bBenedict Giles 5:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Hymn to the VirginChristopher De La Hoyde 3:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Festival Te Deum, Op. 32Benedict Giles 6:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Missa brevis, Op. 63: KyrieBenedict Giles 1:29£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Missa brevis, Op. 63: GloriaBenedict Giles 2:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Missa brevis, Op. 63: SanctusBenedict Giles 1:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Missa brevis, Op. 63: BenedictusBenedict Giles 1:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Missa brevis, Op. 63: Agnus DeiBenedict Giles 2:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Hymn to St. Peter, Op. 56aWilliam Goldring 5:32£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. A Hymn of St. ColumbaIain Farrington 2:25£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of VittoriaIain Farrington 5:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27Jonathan Bungard10:18Album Only

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Rejoice in the Lamb, op. 30 - Te Deum en ut majeur - Missa Brevis en ré, op. 63... / Chœur du Collège St. John, Cambridge, dir. Christopher Robinson

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Naxos's previous release of the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, performing works by Herbert Howells, was widely recognised as an outstanding bargain and rightly so. This latest offering from the same choir is no less impressive. The singing is alert, committed, rhythmically incisive, full of character (most of all in that minor masterpiece Rejoice in the Lamb) with excellent blend and unanimity, clear and colourful vowels (if occasionally a shade exaggerated) and tremendous reserves of power for dramatic moments, all blessed with an ideal acoustic and superb support from the (assumed) organist Iain Farrington. The many solo parts are for the most part well covered--I especially enjoyed Benedict Giles considering his cat, Jeffrey, in Rejoice in the Lamb. Minor quibbles: perhaps there is marginally less assurance in the a cappella works, such as A Hymn to the Virgin and some of the rhythmic articulation in the Missa Brevis is a touch affected. The menu includes such slightly less-well-known works as the Festival Te Deum and the intriguing men-and-angels Antiphon of 1956. All in all, Britten--Choral Works is an impressive reminder that Britten was as committed as Howells to the English church music tradition--a fitting vessel for his passionate belief that his art should be "useful". --Andrew Green

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 24 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
Benjamin Britten ads to the tradition of English choral music with his inventive genius in these lovely pieces, sung so beautifully by the Choir of St. John's College in Cambridge, which consists of 16 choristers and 14 choral students, led since 1991 by Christopher Robinson, and with Iain Farrington on organ.
The first work, "Rejoice in the Lamb" was commissioned in 1943, and uses the 18th century poems of Christopher Smart, who was considered insane in his lifetime. The words have a childlike wonder to them, and praise God's creation in everything from flowers to a mouse, who is "a creature of great personal valour"; my favorite is "I will consider my Cat Jeoffrey", and both text and music in this composition are enchanting.
"Te Deum", from 1934, was according to the liner notes the first of Britten's works to be published. "Jubilate Deo" is a short piece from 1961, and "Antiphon" (1956), is one of my favorites, a conversation between men and angels. "Hymn to the Virgin" was composed in 1930, when Britten was only seventeen. "Festival Te Deum" ( 1944) is another terrific selection, melodic and powerful.
"Missa Brevis" (1959), has some outstanding vocal work, and perhaps among all these pieces, shows Britten's creativity at its best, and would be my choice if I could only pick one work from this CD. It is followed by "Hymn to St. Peter" (1955), and "A Hymn of Saint Columba" (1962), and Britten's only piece for organ solo, "Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria" (1946).
Fitting for Britten, who was born on St. Cecilia's day, the final piece is "Hymn to St. Cecilia". It was written during the early 40's, using the sad, reflective words of W.H.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar 2001
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This is an absolutely stunning recording of some fantastic pieces. Benjamin Britten has set some more obscure texts, for example Rejoice in the Lamb, which is the first recording on this CD. The text was written by someone who was in a mental assylum and this comes across quite clearly in Britten's very apt and involving music. Many choirs have performed at least one of these works and it is refreshing to hear them sung to such a high standard which just leaves you wanting more. Definitely worth buying, even just for Rejoice in the Lamb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on 10 Jan 2008
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This is a really lovely recording - the singing is sublime, the music is wonderful, tuneful but eccentrically Britten.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Colin Miller on 7 Mar 2007
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I can't recommend this disc too highly, I've had it for a few years now and still get enormous pleasure from both the music and the quality of the singing. A true celebration of Ben's work and of the English Choral tradition and all for a fiver!

Actually if you have not been there try and get to Aldbrough, you get a real incite into the man and the music and it's a truly lovely place (pop over to the Snape Maltings and you may get lucky and hear some of his music). No problem during the festival of course, but then you can't get the accommodation. Anyway buy this disc.
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