Britten: Sacred Choral Works Norwich Cathedral Choir & Ashley Grote

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Album-Release:
2020

HRA-Release:
15.10.2020

Label: Priory Records

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

Artist: Norwich Cathedral Choir & Ashley Grote

Composer: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

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  • Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976): Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30:
  • 1Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: No. 1a, Rejoice in God, O Ye Tongues01:17
  • 2Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: No. 1b, Let Nimrod the Mighty Hunter01:29
  • 3Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: No. 1c, Hallelujah01:02
  • 4Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: No. 2, For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffrey01:53
  • 5Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: No. 3, For the Mouse Is a Creature of Great Personal Valour00:59
  • 6Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: No. 4, For the Flowers Are Great Blessings01:49
  • 7Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: No. 5, For I Am Under the Same Accusation with My Saviour02:07
  • 8Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: No. 6, For H is a Spirit and Therefore He is God01:11
  • 9Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: No. 7, For the Instruments Are by Their Rhimes02:31
  • 10Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: No. 8, Hallelujah from the Heart of God01:06
  • Benjamin Britten:
  • 11Jubilate Deo in C Major02:44
  • 12Te Deum in C Major07:39
  • 13A Hymn of St. Columba02:17
  • 14Hymn to St. Peter, Op. 56a05:22
  • 15A Hymn to the Virgin03:01
  • 16Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 2709:55
  • 17Festival Te Deum, Op. 3206:10
  • A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28:
  • 18A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 1, Procession01:30
  • 19A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 2, Wolcum Yole01:23
  • 20A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 3, There Is No Rose02:07
  • 21A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 4, That Yongë Child01:32
  • 22A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 5, Balulalow01:03
  • 23A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 6, As Dew in Aprille00:56
  • 24A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 7, This Little Babe01:29
  • 25A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 8, Interlude03:04
  • 26A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 9, In Freezing Winter Night03:34
  • 27A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 10, Spring Carol01:03
  • 28A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 11, Deo gracias01:09
  • 29A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: No. 12, Recession01:35
  • Total Runtime01:12:57

Info for Britten: Sacred Choral Works



Norwich Cathedral Choir’s latest album celebrating the music of East Anglian composer Benjamin Britten will be released Sunday 4 October. Britten: Sacred Choral Works was recorded in February this year and is being released on the Priory Records label.

One of the foremost British composers of the 20th century, Britten’s life was closely associated with East Anglia. Living in Aldeburgh, Britten had strong connections with Norfolk and with Norwich itself. It was whilst he was only a pupil at Gresham’s School in Holt that he composed his Hymn to the Virgin, one of his best-known small choral works, which is heard on this new recording.

Britten attended the Triennial Norfolk and Norwich Festivals in 1924 and 1927, where he met Frank Bridge, who was to become his composition teacher. His Song-Cycle Our Hunting Fathers was commissioned by the Festival and premiered in Norwich in 1936. In 1955, Britten composed his Hymn to St Peter, also heard on this disc, for the Quincentenary of the church of St Peter Mancroft.

The choir’s new recording also features Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, in which the boy and girl choristers’ voices are heard with harp accompaniment. The first performance of this now famous work was given in Norwich Castle in December 1942, after Britten had composed it whilst travelling by sea back from America during the war. It has now become traditional for the Norwich Choristers to perform this piece each January as part of the Cathedral’s Epiphany celebrations.

Directed by the Master of Music, Ashley Grote, and accompanied on the organ by David Dunnett (Cathedral Organist) and George Inscoe (Assistant Organist), the disc also includes many of Britten’s best-loved compositions for the Church, including his settings of the Te Deum in C major and E major, the Hymn to St Cecilia and his cantata Rejoice in the Lamb.

The Choir of Norwich Cathedral
Ashley Grote, direction

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