The Britten Collection / The Sixteen, Christophers
Label: CORO Catalog: COR16107 Format: CD
Harry Christophers & The Sixteen
A Hymn to the Virgin / Rejoice in the Lamb / Hymn to Saint Cecilia / A Boy was Born / A Ceremony of Carols / Choral Dances from 'Gloriana' / Five Flower Songs / Sacred and Profane
"A disc of exceptional quality, reinforcing The Sixteen's reputation as one of the finest choirs of our day." Gramophone "The Sixteen perform Britten's virtuosic masterpiece with fearsome accuracy and a luxurious sound." Classic FM Magazine "Britten's mastery for writing for unaccompanied chorus is here demonstrated in fine performances..." BBC Music Magazine
This superb collection, released in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Britten's birth, features all three of The Sixteen's celebrated Britten recordings. Arguably the most famous British composer of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten possessed a formidable talent and distinctive style. His remarkable career spanned over 40 years and this collection of choral works features a fascinating selection of music from throughout his life. Works include Hymn to the Virgin, a piece originally conceived during his school days; A Boy was Born which first brought him to the public's attention; the much-loved A Ceremony of Carols - a masterpiece composed on board ship as Britten returned to England from the USA in 1942; and the Choral Dances from 'Gloriana' with tenor soloist Ian Partridge. A Ceremony of Carols won a coveted Deutsche Schallplattenkritik when first released.