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4.0 out of 5 stars (mp3 version) Silly artist attributions for "A Boy Was Born"
My LP copy being very worn, I wanted to add "A Boy Was Born" to my mp3 library, but the suite of variations has been attributed to four different artists! This sort of thing plays merry hell with the indexing of anyone's mp3 library, and happens so often with the way "classical" music is catalogued. Grrr. Besides, I've found that as an eMu*ic subscriber...
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2.0 out of 5 stars The poorest 'Ceremony' I have ever heard.
Benjamin Britten's 'Ceremony of Carols' is one of the masterpieces of the 20th Century. How sad, therefore, that the only recording conducted by Britten himself should be such a soggy disappointment. What on earth posessed him to have it performed by a Danish Choir when the piece is in English (and some Latin), I cannot imagine. Their diction is dire (understandable) and...
Published on 16 Dec 2001 by J. J. Rhodes


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2.0 out of 5 stars The poorest 'Ceremony' I have ever heard., 16 Dec 2001
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J. J. Rhodes "Jonthan Rhodes" (East Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Britten: Ceremony of Carols (Audio CD)
Benjamin Britten's 'Ceremony of Carols' is one of the masterpieces of the 20th Century. How sad, therefore, that the only recording conducted by Britten himself should be such a soggy disappointment. What on earth posessed him to have it performed by a Danish Choir when the piece is in English (and some Latin), I cannot imagine. Their diction is dire (understandable) and their tuning is abysmal (unforgivable)!
The other pieces on the CD are fine - the classic recording of 'Friday Afternoons' sounds as fresh and vibrant as it did the day it was recorded.
However, if you want a recording of 'The Ceremony of Carols' look elsewhere. This one is little more than a historical curiosity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor tuning of Copenhagen Boys but OK otherwise, 10 Dec 2000
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Britten's Ceremony of Carols is one of my favourite piece of choral music but there is a surprisingly limited choice of recordings available. This record by the Copenhagen Boys is truely disppointing. The tuning is appalling throughout and announciation (understandably!) is bad. However, the rest of the album is more satisfying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars (mp3 version) Silly artist attributions for "A Boy Was Born", 23 April 2014
My LP copy being very worn, I wanted to add "A Boy Was Born" to my mp3 library, but the suite of variations has been attributed to four different artists! This sort of thing plays merry hell with the indexing of anyone's mp3 library, and happens so often with the way "classical" music is catalogued. Grrr. Besides, I've found that as an eMu*ic subscriber it's available for 42p.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Friday Afternoon performances are wonderful, 18 Nov 2005
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......but then I would say this, as I was a fresh-faced member of the Downside school choir, in the mid-1980's when this recording was made.... :)
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