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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't think of a better way to hear these works, 29 July 2011
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Bacchus (Greater London - Surrey) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Britten: A Ceremony of Carols (Audio CD)
It is hard to review something so familiar. This CD is taken from 2 lp records. The Philip Ledger recordings from 1974 were coupled with a gorgeous performance of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with James Bowman as an incomparable soloist - not sure if it is on current release.

I have read that Britten preferred a more "earthy" treble sound than the refined ones produced by Kings College Cambridge. However, this has never put me off. The music on this CD is so attractive.

My first exposure to all the music on this CD was from these performances. I have heard many others and have to say that they still stand out as stunningly musical and expressive performances. Not only are they beautifully performed, they also have the advantage of having been recorded in the chapel of Kings College Cambridge, one of the most lovely acoustics to make music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful singing., 4 Oct. 2014
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This is the very best recording of Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" - for its sensitivity, clear enunciation, superlative young tenors, and conducting. I much prefer it to the recording by the choir of Westminster Cathedral (1986). The most beautiful Christmas music ever written!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ceremoniously excellent., 9 Dec. 2012
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King's would do justice to the most mundane tunes and the most predictable of harmonies.....this is luxurious splendour in presenting music far from being mundane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal Singing from Kings, 6 Feb. 2014
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The recording is superb; Britten's music is well-loved in this household and this recording from 1972/4 is top quality. Kings Cambridge are the best.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britten's best, 19 May 2010
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Fabulous , good value cd. Plenty of the best Britten Choral works beautifully sung
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5.0 out of 5 stars Britton A Ceremony of Carols., 13 Jan. 2013
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Not so well known Christmas carols on this recording by B Britton, but I have been looking for a CD of it for many years, I had it on a music cassette, which was actually a recording from Classic FM, the quality of the cassette was not really good, but the sound quality of the CD by the King's College Choir Cambridge is EXCELLENT which I listened to during the Christmas season, (I through the cassette version into the bin). The other works on the CD are also very good, however, they are not Christmas music, I can listen to them any time of the year, overall, a excellent recording.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Carols!, 14 Jan. 2013
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I sang this with our local Choral Society and after a wary start learned to love it. The DVD brings back many happy memories.
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