On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Pipedreams presents a select survey of some sacred music written by one of the 20th century’s most honored composers, Benjamin Britten.
BRITTEN: Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria (1946)–Herrick Bunney (1940 Willis/St. Gile’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland) EMI 85416.
BRITTEN: Festival Te Deum in E (1944) –Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge/George Guest, director; Brian Runnett (St. John’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England) London 430 097.
BRITTEN: Missa Brevis in D, Op. 63 (1959) –Boys from the Choir of King’s College/David Willcocks, director; Ian Hare (1968 Harrison/King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England) EMI 47709.
BRITTEN: Rejoice in the Lamb, Opus 30 (1943) on a text by Christopher Smart –Rupert Johnston, treble; James Crookes, alto; Simon Williams, tenor; Daniel Sladden, bass; Choir of King’s College/Stephen Cleobury, director; Peter Barley (1968 Harrison/King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England) Argo 433 215.
BRITTEN: Hymn to Saint Peter (1955) –Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London/John Scott, director; Huw Williams (1872 Willis/1992 Mander/St. Paul’s Cathedral, London) Hyperion 67087.