Benjamin Britten - Sacred Choral Music

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Benjamin Britten - Sacred Choral Music


Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30

Te Deum in C

Jubilate Deo in C major (1961)

Antiphon, Op. 56b

A Hymn to the Virgin

Festival Te Deum in E, Op. 32

Missa Brevis in D major, Op. 63

Hymn to St. Peter, Op. 56a

A Hymn of Saint Columba

Prelude & Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria

Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

Iain Farrington (organ), Benedict Giles (treble), Malcolm Green (bass), Simon Wall (tenor), Thomas Williams (alto), Joseph Helps (treble), Oliver Lepage-Dean (treble), Christopher de la Hoyde (alto), William Goldring (treble), Edward Minton (treble), Ben Harrison (treble)

St. John's College Choir, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson



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Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30

Rejoice in God, O ye Tongues

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffrey

For the Mouse is a creature of great personal valour

For the flowers are great blessings

For I am under the same accusation with my Saviour

For H is a spirit and therefore he is God

For the instruments are by their rhimes

Hallelujah from the heart of God

Benjamin Britten: Te Deum in C major

Te Deum in C

Benjamin Britten: Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo

Benjamin Britten: Antiphon, Op. 56b

Antiphon, Op. 56b

Benjamin Britten: A Hymn to the Virgin

A Hymn to the Virgin

Benjamin Britten: Festival Te Deum, Op. 32

Festival Te Deum, Op. 32

Benjamin Britten: Missa brevis, Op. 63





Agnus Dei

Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a

Hymn to St. Peter, Op. 56a

Benjamin Britten: A Hymn of St Columba

A Hymn of St. Columba

Benjamin Britten: Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria

Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria

Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27

Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27

BBC Music Magazine

June 2000

“With Britten comes the thought of high voices: boys' voices that on this Naxos disc belong to the choir of St. John's College, Cambridge… the St. John's singers roundly capture the elusive tonal qualities of Britten's choral music, and the recording has a proper sense of space and locality.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“As with other recent records from St John's, there's a freshness, almost a feeling of adventure and a sense that all this choral discipline is an easy yoke. These are excellent performances, the opening item setting a standard which is to be maintained throughout. Buoyant rhythms, precise accentuations and well-pointed contrasts are features of the singing; and the playing of Ian Farrington in accompaniments that are often difficult and always demanding of maximum alertness, is outstanding. Outstanding, too, is the contribution of the trebles. In tone they preserve the traditional John's sound, without exaggerating its so-called continental element.
But what impresses most is the sense of imaginative involvement. It's there, for instance, in the Kyrie of the Missa brevis, and most of all in the 'I cannot grow' section of A Hymn to St Cecilia. To this they bring a distinctive excitement, a wideeyed, breathlessly playful feeling of childlike wonder. The programme itself is highly attractive.
The 'hymns' are fully developed compositions, and the canticles are notably independent of tradition (for instance, a quietly meditative note of praise is struck at the start of both Te Deums). The Missa brevis makes inventive use of its forces; and Rejoice in the Lamb, a masterly expression of the liberal spirit, never ceases to amaze with its evocation of the cat Jeoffry, valiant mouse and staff-struck poet. Recorded sound isn't as vivid as the performances, but this remains a very likeable disc.”

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