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Finzi Singers
Britten: Choral Edition Vol 2

Song NameComposer
Jubilate DeoBenjamin Britten
Te DeumBenjamin Britten
Antiphon, Op. 56bBenjamin Britten
Missa Brevis, Op. 63Benjamin Britten
A Wedding anthem, Op. 46Benjamin Britten
Sweet Was the Song the Virgin SungBenjamin Britten
A ceremony of carols, Op. 28Benjamin Britten
Festival Te Deum, Op. 32Benjamin Britten
Jubilate DeoBenjamin Britten

Directed by Paul Spicer

The second installment of the Britten Choral Edition opens with the spirited and little-known Jubilate in E flat (1934), and gives great pleasure throughout. The opening of the Te Deum, for instance, is energetic in its precision. The opening of the Sanctus in the Missa brevis similarly bears an extra splendour of tone and movement. Sweet was the Song the Virgin sang (1931 and second term at the RCM) has an uncanny sureness of touch, and "Thou art the King of glory" erupts with color vitality in rhythm. The Missa brevis too gains with each listen, although Gramophone (Augsut, 1998) reminds of us to question of the use of women's voices instead of boys'. "Something is lost, even here, and going back to Britten's own recording of the Ceremony of Carols with the Copenhagen Boys' Choir (odd as they often sound to our ears) one again misses something distinctive on return to the ladies - whether of the Finzi Singers or The Sixteen."

Item code: 6891C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Choral | Primarily a cappella | Mixed | England

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