Britten, Benjamin: A Ceremony of Carols (Decca Audio CD x2)


Catalogue No: 4785947
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Subtitle: Britten at Christmas from Kings

Department: CDs - Classical CDs: Vocal, Choral & Opera

Publisher: Decca

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Few performances can match that of the Choir of King’s College Cambridge for technical brilliance and sheer musicianship, and the album ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ is no different. This album has also been recorded in the Chapel at King’s College, Cambridge – possibly the most perfect acoustic ever built for choral music.

‘A Ceremony of Carols’, for boys choir accompanied by harp, has firmly established itself as a Christmastide favourite across an increasing number of countries. Its radiant harmonies, brilliant melodies and the scintillating counterpoint between voices and harp are enchanting and memorable. ‘A Boy was Born’ is a work of early genius, remarkably assured and original, which dates from 1932 when Britten was just 19 years old. Other Christmas favourites are also included, such as ‘The Holly And The Ivy’ and ‘The Shepherd’s Carol’.


Contents and Reviews

A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28
[1] Procession
[2] Wolcom Yule!
[3] There Is No Rose
[4] That Yongë child
[5] Balulalow
[6] As Dew In Aprille
[7] This Little Babe
[8] Interlude
[9] In Freezing Winter Night
[10] Spring Carol
[11] Deo Gracias
[12] Recession

A Boy was Born, Op.3
[13] A Boy Was Born
[14] Variation 1: Lullay, Jesu
[15] Variation 2: Herod
[16] Variation 3: Jesu As Thou Art Our Saviour
[17] Variation 4: The Three Kings
[18] Variation 4: In The Bleak Mid-Winter
[19] Variation 6: Finale- Noel!
[20] Corpus Christi Carol
[21] A Wealden Trio - Christmas Song of the Women
[22] The Sycamore Tree
[23] A Shepherd's Carol
[24] The Holly and the Ivy