A Benjamin Britten Centennial

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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

Fishing Song


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

a Death


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

Country Girls

Rustics and Fishermen

Final Dance