Britain's Great Britten #1346
…a select survey of some sacred music written by one of the 20th century’s most honored composers, Benjamin Britten, on the hundredth anniversary of his birth.
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 (arr.): Hymn, God moves in a mysterious way, fr St. Nicholas, Op. 42 (1948) –Tallis Chamber Choir and English Chamber Orchestra/Steuart Bedford, conductor; Joseph Cullen (1915 Hill/All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London) Naxos 8.557203
Baron Edward Benjamin Britten (11/22/1913-12/4/76) proved his skill as composer for opera, orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments and voice, as well as pianist and conductor. Was his birth on Saint Cecilia’s Day only a happy cosmic coincidence?