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Britten: Sacred Choral Works

The Choir of Norwich Cathedral, Ashley Grote

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Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30  
1.1
No. 1a, Rejoice in God, O Ye Tongues
Benjamin Britten; David Dunnett; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
1:17
1.2
No. 1b, Let Nimrod the Mighty Hunter
Benjamin Britten; David Dunnett; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
1:29
1.3
No. 1c, Hallelujah
Benjamin Britten; David Dunnett; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
1:02
1.4
No. 2, For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffrey
Benjamin Britten; David Neville; David Dunnett; Ashley Grote
1:53
1.5
No. 3, For the Mouse Is a Creature of Great Personal Valour
Benjamin Britten; Ashley Harries; David Dunnett; Ashley Grote
0:59
1.6
No. 4, For the Flowers Are Great Blessings
Benjamin Britten; William Falconer; David Dunnett; Ashley Grote
1:49
1.7
No. 5, For I Am Under the Same Accusation with My Saviour
Benjamin Britten; David Dunnett; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
2:07
1.8
No. 6, For H is a Spirit and Therefore He is God
Benjamin Britten; Dhilan Gnanadurai; David Dunnett; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
1:11
1.9
No. 7, For the Instruments Are by Their Rhimes
Benjamin Britten; David Dunnett; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
2:31
1.10
No. 8, Hallelujah from the Heart of God
Benjamin Britten; David Dunnett; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
1:06
1.11
Jubilate Deo in C Major
Benjamin Britten; David Dunnett; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
2:44
1.12
Te Deum in C Major
Benjamin Britten; Caio Boyero; David Dunnett; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
7:39
1.13
A Hymn of St. Columba
Benjamin Britten; David Dunnett; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
2:17
1.14
Hymn to St. Peter, Op. 56a
Benjamin Britten; George Inscoe; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
5:22
1.15
A Hymn to the Virgin
Benjamin Britten; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
3:01
1.16
Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27
Benjamin Britten; Frederica Davies; Rosemary Zhang; Beatrice Heywood; Simon Carter; David Price; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
9:55
1.17
Festival Te Deum, Op. 32
Benjamin Britten; Eve Garrard; George Inscoe; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
6:10
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28  
1.18
No. 1, Procession
Benjamin Britten; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
1:30
1.19
No. 2, Wolcum Yole
Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Green; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
1:23
1.20
No. 3, There Is No Rose
Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Green; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
2:07
1.21
No. 4, That Yongë Child
Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Green; Ashley Grote
1:32
1.22
No. 5, Balulalow
Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Green; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
1:03
1.23
No. 6, As Dew in Aprille
Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Green; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
0:56
1.24
No. 7, This Little Babe
Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Green; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
1:29
1.25
No. 8, Interlude
Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Green
3:04
1.26
No. 9, In Freezing Winter Night
Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Green; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
3:34
1.27
No. 10, Spring Carol
Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Green; Ashley Grote
1:03
1.28
No. 11, Deo gracias
Benjamin Britten; Elizabeth Green; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
1:09
1.29
No. 12, Recession
Benjamin Britten; The Choir of Norwich Cathedral; Ashley Grote
1:35
Total Playing Time    72:57
One of the foremost British composers of the 20th century, Britten’s life was closely associated with East Anglia. Living in Aldeburgh, Britten had strong connections with Norfolk and with Norwich itself. It was whilst he was only a pupil at Gresham’s School in Holt that he composed his "Hymn to the Virgin", one of his best-known small choral works, which is heard on this new recording.

Britten attended the Triennial Norfolk and Norwich Festivals in 1924 and 1927, where he met Frank Bridge, who was to become his composition teacher. His Song-Cycle "Our Hunting Fathers" was commissioned by the Festival and premiered in Norwich in 1936. In 1955, Britten composed his "Hymn to St Peter", also heard on this disc, for the Quincentenary of the church of St Peter Mancroft.

The choir's new recording features Britten’s "A Ceremony of Carols", in which the boy and girl choristers’ voices are heard with harp accompaniment. The first performance of this now famous work was given in Norwich Castle in December 1942, after Britten had composed it whilst travelling by sea back from America during the war. It has now become traditional for the Norwich Choristers to perform this piece each January as part of the Cathedral’s Epiphany celebrations.

Directed by the Master of Music, Ashley Grote, and accompanied on the organ by David Dunnett (Cathedral Organist) and George Inscoe (Assistant Organist), the disc also includes many of Britten’s best-loved compositions for the Church, including his settings of the Te Deum in C major and E major, the "Hymn to St Cecilia" and his cantata "Rejoice in the Lamb".
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Priory Records Studio Masters

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