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Britten: Saint Nicolas; Hymn to St. Cecilia; Rejoice in the Lamb [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Benjamin Britten Audio CD
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Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, in 1913. Although he was already composing vigorously as a child, he nonetheless felt the importance of some solid guidance and in 1928 turned to the composer Frank Bridge; two years later he went to the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Arthur Benjamin, Harold Samuel and John Ireland. While still a student, he wrote his ... Read more in Amazon's Benjamin Britten Store

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  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Composer: Britten
  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Kings College Cambridge
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Saint Nicolas: I. IntroductionAndrew Kennedy 5:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Saint Nicolas: II. The Birth of NicolasAndrew Kennedy 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Saint Nicolas: III. Nicolas devotes himself to GodAndrew Kennedy 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Saint Nicolas: IV. He journeys to PalestineAndrew Kennedy 8:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Saint Nicolas: V. Nicolas comes to Myra and is chosen BishopAndrew Kennedy 7:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Saint Nicolas: VI. Nicolas from PrisonAndrew Kennedy 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Saint Nicolas: VII. Nicolas and the Pickled BoysAndrew Kennedy 6:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Saint Nicolas: VIII. His Piety And Marvellous WorksStephen Cleobury, Andrew Kennedy, Britten Sinfonia 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Saint Nicolas: IX. The Death of NicolasAndrew Kennedy 6:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hymn to Saint CeciliaStephen Cleobury, Andrew Kennedy, Britten Sinfonia10:25Album Only
Listen11. Rejoice in the LambBen San Lau16:24Album Only

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The Choir of King s College, Cambridge under conductor Stephen Cleobury presents Britten s enchanting choral masterpiece Saint Nicolas, with Hymn to St Cecilia and Rejoice in the Lamb, celebrating 100 years since Benjamin Britten s birth. The recording features soloist Andrew Kennedy, a former choral scholar at King s College, Cambridge, the renowned Britten Sinfonia, Sawston Village College Choir and Cambridge University Musical Society. The album s release will be accompanied by an extensive international press and marketing campaign, supported by advertising and video for online and instore use. The Choir will be touring the release repertoire in the UK in the Autumn, with concerts in Cambridge, Eton, Barbican and the Birmingham Symphony Hall. Press coverage achieved for Mozart Requiem: Realisations, the second album released on the King s College, Cambridge label included: BBC Radio 3, In Tune, and a reception with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, in addition to news, preview and review coverage in key music and trade publications such as BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, Choir & Organ, and International Record Review. The Choir s Christmas 2012 release of Nine Lessons & Carols reached number 2 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart. The Choir of King s College, Cambridge is one of the world s foremost choirs and unquestionably among the most widely heard. It owes its existence to King Henry VI, who envisaged the daily singing of services in his magnificent chapel. This remains the Choir s raison d être, and is an important part of the lives of its 16 choristers, who are educated at King s College School, and the 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars, who study a variety of subjects in the College. The Choir has been a breeding ground for numerous professional singers, including James Gilchrist and Christopher Purves.


This new disc is the first occasion on which these pieces have been recorded in the SACD medium, and demonstrates the extra aural nuances that surround sound can provide, although, surprisingly, the organ is more recessed than many performances of Rejoice in the Lamb. The Choir of King s College, Cambridge under conductor Stephen Cleobury presents Britten s enchanting choral masterpiece Saint Nicolas, with Hymn to St Cecilia and Rejoice in the Lamb, celebrating 100 years since Benjamin Britten s birth. --Barry Forshaw, CD Choice- November 2013

'There are other competing interpretations already in the catalogue, but this one, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, delivers a particularly thrilling, emotionally charged impact. The Britten Sinfonia is an apt choice for the orchestral contribution, and not just because of its name: the playing is alert, crisp and brimful of character in the illustrative scene-painting, St Nicolas s sea journey to Palestine being a notable but by no means isolated case in point. Tenor Andrew Kennedy is a fervent saint, voicing his faith and selfless devotion with strength and sensitivity, and the choral singing is first-rate. --The Telegraph

'Certainly this is the most satisfying recording since the first version over half a century ago' --Music Web International

One of the last releases of the Britten centenary year, this beautifully recorded new version of Saint Nicolas is a knock-out. Freshness is the keyword Kennedy s bright-toned tenor alongside the Pickled Boys is an especial delight. Generously coupled with attractive readings of Hymn to St Cecilia and Rejoice in the Lamb, this is a very special offering. --Classical Music

'Certainly this is the most satisfying recording since the first version over half a century ago' --Music Web International

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tribute to Britten 8 Nov 2013
By g_bu
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King's College Choir's contribution to the Britten centenary is an attractive programme of three masterpieces from the 1940s. All three pieces are well represented in the catalogue already, and if these performances don't break new ground then at least they maintain the standard of the classic performances on record.

Saint Nicolas is the most substantial piece in terms of length, and the main selling point of the disc (I should say discs, as the package includes two - a CD and an SACD, containing the same music). The reverberant acoustic of King's College Chapel gives the performance an inherent advantage over others in its conveyance of the sense of occasion, and any performance of Saint Nicolas, like the arguably better known Noye's Fludde, should be an occasion, and ideally a community project. That is the case here, with the girls of Sawston Village College Choir providing the gallery chorus, and CUMS Chorus drafted in to boost numbers for the congregational carols (fine, though I'd have preferred the sound of a real audience).

Horses for courses, but I slightly favour King's over the superb Trinity College recording that came out a year ago, largely because the boys' voices in the choir are a particularly good fit for a piece that, after all, was originally written for children to sing. Britten famously favoured the full-throated 'continental' sound of Westminster Cathedral Choir over the traditional Anglican hoot, and you might fear the trebles of King's would be too well mannered for a piece like this, but in fact the choir's performance is amiably rugged, unfailingly musical but not polished to the point of blandness. I've rarely heard 'The Birth of Nicolas' executed with such evident joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive recording 26 May 2014
By Rick
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I listened, then immediately ordered this.
We all remember moving performances of the past but this is definitive.
Superbly perfomed by singers and instrumentalists in a sympathetic acoustic.
The audi production is top quality.
Attractively packed as in two disc versions, one is standard stereo and the other SACD high density multichannels for audiophiles with this player; at a good price for the bundle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful singing 27 Oct 2013
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Britten isn't my favourite composer. I bought this recording because I am learning the St Nicolas Mass for a performance for St Nicolas' day. This is a good performance, beautifully sung, I'm sure Britten fans would rate it higher
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discovered Benjamin Britten! 13 Dec 2013
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It’s beautiful music that I had never heard before. It came on in the car on the Sirius Radio, classical and I was spellbound. Came straight home and bought it! I’m no expert, just buy what I love listening to.
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