Britten: Christ's Nativity & Other Choral Works

Stephen Layton: Holst Singers

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA66825

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Release Date:  01 November 1995

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571168258

Genres:  Classical  Choral  

  • Description

    This recording brings together a selection of Britten’s choral music for Christmastide, a season much enjoyed by the composer to the end of his life and one in which he celebrated in an extraordinarily diverse manner. The earliest work is A Hymn to the Virgin, composed in 1930 to an anonymous fourteenth-century text. Christ’s Nativity is a fascinating work from Britten’s student days which is here receiving its premiere recording.
    A Boy was Born has always been a central part of the repertoire. The sequence of five highly individual and virtuoso variations are set for mixed voices and boys’ choir while A Shepherd’s Carol, written in the 1940s after Britten’s return from America reflects the easy, laid-back approach of American popular music of that period.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. A Boy Was Born
      • 2. Op.3: Theme: A Boy Was Born
      • 3. A Boy Was Born
      • 4. Op.3: Var l: Lullay
      • 5. Jesu
      • 6. A Boy Was Born
      • 7. Op.3: Var ll: Herod
      • 8. A Boy Was Born
      • 9. Op.3: Var lll: Jesu
      • 10. As Thou Art Our Saviour - Connor Burrowes
      • 11. A Boy Was Born
      • 12. Op.3: Var lV: The Three Kings
      • 13. A Boy Was Born
      • 14. Op.3: Var V: In The Bleak Mid-Winter
      • 15. A Boy Was Born
      • 16. Op.3: Var Vl (Finale): Noel!
      • . A Hymn To The Virgin - Ruth Morris/Hatty Webb/William Lee/Christopher Head