Great Britten

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Sunday, November 03, 2013

In honor of Britten’s centennial, Kent Tritle has assembled a Choral Mix dedicated to “Great Britten.” We hear moments from the War Requiem, as well as a lesser-known piece of the same era, the Cantata Misericordium. Some of Britten’s shimmering Christmas works are here, too, as is his collaboration with poet W. H. Auden, Hymn to Saint Cecilia.

The composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago this month. He wrote music for four decades, turning out more than 100 works, including the opera Peter Grimes, his massive War Requiem and the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. His choral music has a special radiance that displays Britten’s careful ear for detail and texture and an uncanny knack for marrying text to music.

Playlist

 

Benjamin Britten: Hymn to the Virgin

Paul Spicer, Conductor

Finzi Singers

Chandos 10771

 

Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

Marcus Creed, Conductor

Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus

Harmonia Mundi 901734

 

 

Benjamin Britten: Cantata misericordium, Op. 69: Ecce, tertius apparet

Stephen Varcoe, Baritone; John Mark Ainsley, Tenor;

Richard Hickox, Conductor

City of London Sinfonia; Britten Singers

Chandos 8997

 

Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30

Simon Birchall, Bass; Carys-Anne Lane, Soprano; Deborah Miles-Johnson, Alto; Margaret Philips, Organ; Simon Berridge, Tenor

Harry Christophers, Conductor

The Sixteen

Coro 16006

 

Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28

Selections: Procession; Wolcum Yole!; Spring Carol; Recession

Rachel Masters, Harp

Stephen Cleobury, Conductor

Cambridge King's College Choir

Argo/Decca 433215

 

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem, Op.: Requiem Aeternam

Galina Vishnevskaya, Soprano; Peter Pears, Tenor; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Baritone; Simon Preston, Organ

Benjamin Britten, Conductor

London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus and The Bach Choir, Highgate School Chorus, Melos Ensemble,

Decca 414 383-2

 

Comments [2]

Gary Ekman from Manhattan/NYC

It was an honor to sing the War Requiem under the baton of Kent Tritle last year. A stunning, powerful, profound work.

Nov. 10 2013 09:04 AM
Frank from UWS

Great show! Britten's music is so magical. I hope WQXR doesn't give his anniversary short shrift after the Verdi and Wagner marathon weeks this year.

An idea for a future Choral Mix: Mahler. Das Klagende Lied, the 8th Symphony, the Resurrection Symphony (finale). Lots to savor there.

Nov. 03 2013 09:57 AM

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