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COR16034 A Ceremony of Carols: Britten Choral Works Volume II

Britten's A Ceremony of Carols is a masterpiece composed on board ship as Britten returned to England from the U.S.A. in 1948, a touching evocation of boyhood lost but never forgotten. A Boy was Born is a work that first made Britten famous, based on a theme and variations of astonishing ingenuity. The Missa Brevis, written for the boys of Westminster Cathedral, is a gem that in some ways looks forward to the War Requiem which came two years later.

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers


"… a disc of exceptional quality, reinforcing The Sixteen's reputation as one of the finest choirs of our day. This is a performance that works to extraordinary effect." Gramophone

Track Listings

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

A Ceremony of Carols
1. Procession
2. Wolcum Yole!
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

13. A Shepherd's Carol

14. The Sycamore Tree

15. Sweet was the Song

Missa Brevis in D
16. Kyrie
17. Gloria
18. Sanctus/Benedictus
19. Agnus Dei

A Boy was Born (with the Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral - Director: John Scott)
20. Theme
21. Variation I: Lullay, Jesu
22. Variation II: Herod
23. Variation III: Jesu, as Thou art
24. Variation IV: The Three Kings
25. Variation V: In the Bleak Mid-Winter
26. Variation VI: Noel!

Total Playing Time: 69.37