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Polyphony: Benjamin Britten

Song NameComposer
Five FLower SongsBenjamin Britten
A.M.D.G.Benjamin Britten
A Hymn to thye VirginBenjamin Britten
Choral Dances from 'Gloriana'Benjamin Britten
Chorale after an Old French CarolBenjamin Britten
Sacred and Profane Op 91Benjamin Britten

Directed by Stephen Layton

Benjamin Britten is one of England's most revered composers of the 20th century. From operas to songs, he knew how to write for the voice. Well known for his works for children's voices, his writing for adult choirs is not as often performed. Polyphony, led by Stephen Layton, sings some of his great choral pieces. "Five Flower Songs," with texts by Herrick, Crabbe and Clare, range from the lush tones of "To Daffodils" to the harsher and stinging tones used to depict the more earthy plants described in "Marsh Flowers." Britten composed "Sacred and Profane" as a virtuoso display piece for Peter Pears' Wilbye Singers. The eight medieval lyrics are combined with difficult but exquisite harmonies to create amazing sounds.

Item code: 7158C | 1 CD | $16.98 |add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | England
CDA 67140

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