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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Benjamin Britten][decorative stamp]
Benjamin Britten

[Britten with Frank and Ethel Bridge.][decorative stamp]
Britten with Frank and Ethel Bridge

[(1968 Harrison at Kingís College Chapel, Cambridge, England][decorative stamp]
1968 Harrison at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England

[ (1872 Willis/1992 Mander at St. Paulís Cathedral, London][decorative stamp]
1872 Willis/1992 Mander at St. Paulís Cathedral, London

[1887 Willis at Truro Cathedral, England][decorative stamp]
1887 Willis at Truro Cathedral, England

Britain's Great Britten

…a select survey of some sacred music written by one of the 20th centuryís most honored composers, Benjamin Britten, on the hundredth anniversary of his birth.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1346 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1346 Hour 2 59:00 Min

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

BRITTENPrelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria (1946)Herrick Bunney (1940 Willis/St. Gile’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland) EMI 85416

BRITTENFestival 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

BRITTENMissa 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

BRITTENRejoice 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

BRITTENHymn 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

Hour 2

BRITTENHymn to Saint Columba (1962)Choir of King’s College/Stephen Cleobury, director; Christopher Hughes (1968 Harrison/King’s College Chapel, Cambridge) EMI 54418

BRITTENAntiphon (1956)The Sixteen/Harry Christophers, director; Margaret Phillips (1911 Brindley/St. Michael’s Church, Highgate, London) Collins Classics 1343

FRANK BRIDGEAndantino, fr Organ Pieces, Book 2 (1912)Philip Marshall (1898 Willis/Lincoln Cathedral, England) EMI 85422

BRIDGEAllegro marzial, fr Organ Pieces, Book 1 (1905)Christopher Dearnley (1872 Willis/St. Paul’s Cathedral, London) EMI 85421

BRITTENTe Deum in C (1934)Connor Burrowes, treble; Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London/John Scott, director; Andrew Lucas (1872 Willis/1992 Mander/St. Paul’s Cathedral, London) Hyperion 66916

BRITTENJubilate Deo in C (1961)Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge/Christopher Robinson, director; Iain Farrington (1994 Mander/St. John’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England) Naxos 8.554791

BRITTENJubilate Deo in E-flat (1934); Corpus Christi Carol (1961)Choir of Truro Cathedral/Christopher Gray; Luke Bond (1887 Willis/Truro Cathedral, England) Regent 349

BRITTENHymn to Saint Cecilia, Op. 27 (1942)Monteverdi Choir/John Elliot Gardiner, conductorDG 453 433

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?


 

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