This edition of The Choral Mix is a choral tribute to Benjamin Britten in honor of his centennial.
Benjamin Britten (b. Nov. 22, 1913) introduced many young people to classical music in grammar school with his The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. That alone would make for a lasting career and reputation, but his influence and musical accomplishments are vast.
Britten worked in every format, composing glorious music for the opera stage, for large orchestras and small chamber ensembles. His solo art songs are performed in every conservatory around the world. In addition to all of these accomplishments, Britten wrote an astounding amount of choral music.
On this episode, we only scratch the surface of Britten’s choral music repertoire. Join us for samplings from his earliest compositions like A Hymn to the Virgin to some of his final works, like Sacred and Profane; Britten at his most refined. We’ll also hear a movement from his revered War Requiem.
Britten/Road to Paradise/Gabrieli Consort and Players & Paul McCreesh
Hymn to the Virgin
Britten/ Blest Cecilia: Britten Choral Works--Vol. 1/ The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Festival Te Deum
Britten/Britten: Friday Afternoons/Missa Brevis/Ceremony Carols/Toronto Children’s Choir, Jean Ashworth Bartle
Selections from “Friday Afternoons”
Begone, Dull Care!
A New Year Carol
There Was a Man of Newington
There Was a Monkey
Britten/Sacred and Profane/RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed
Sacred and Profane
St. Godric’s Hymn
I Mon Waxe Wod
Lenten is Come
the Long Night
Yif Ic of Luve Can
Ye That Pasen By
Britten/Britten: War Requiem/London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Melos Ensemble of London, Sir Peter Pears and The Bach Choir, Benjamin Britten
Galina Vishnevskaya, Soprano
Britten/Britten:Choral Edition/The Finzi Singers, Paul Spicer
Time and Concord
Rustics and Fishermen