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Finzi Singers
Britten: Choral Edition Vol 1

Song NameComposer
Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56aBenjamin Britten
A Hymn of St. ColumbaBenjamin Britten
A Hymn to the VirginBenjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27Benjamin Britten
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30Benjamin Britten
Choral Dances from GlorianaBenjamin Britten
A.M.D.G.Benjamin Britten

Directed by Paul Spicer

This is the first volume of the Britten Choral Edition series. The recital opens with four masterful hymns that exhibit Britten's creativity, including the Hymn of St Columba (1962) and the Hymn to the Virgin (1930), which serve as testaments to the skill he possessed at age 16. The recording continues on to the frequently-recorded Rejoice in the Lamb (1943), the delightful Choral Dances from "Gloriana" and concludes with A.M.D.G. The Finzi Singers' Britten Choral Edition cannot escape comparrison to (if not competition with) the three-disc Britten set previously released by The Sixteen. In regard to the two series, as weighed in a review by Gramophone (August, 1998), "there is no clear-cut decision. Balance differs somewhat in the two recordings, The Sixteen having a fuller, more sonorous presence, the Finzis giving more prominence to the organ in accompanied items. Andrew Lumsden's contribution may indeed help to tip the balance further in the Finzis' favour for he is constantly bringing out something in colour or rhythm that adds flavour and distinction."

Item code: 6876C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Choral | Primarily a cappella | Mixed | England

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