A Benjamin Britten Centennial

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

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.

 

Playlist:

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!

Cuckoo!

A New Year Carol

There Was a Man of Newington

Fishing Song

Jazz-Man

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

Carol

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

Sanctus

 

Britten/Britten:Choral Edition/The Finzi Singers, Paul Spicer

Time

Concord

Time and Concord

Country Girls

Rustics and Fishermen

Final Dance

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Comments [1]

Gary Ekman from Manhattan NYC

The Toronto Children's Choir is like a heavenly choir of angels. What I love about Britten is that even though he's a "modern" composer, his music is so accessible and simple - "Friday Afternoons."

May. 19 2013 07:18 AM

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