Britten: Hymn to St Cecila & Other Choral Works (CD)

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Artist:
RIAS Kammerchor, Justin Doyle

Having dazzled the critics (Choc de Classica, the German Record Critics’ Award) some 16 years earlier with their label debut featuring best-loved Twentieth Century English acapella works, the members of RIAS Kammerchor revisit one of their favourite composers, Benjamin Britten - this time, under the direction of the choir’s new chief conductor, Justin Doyle.

A perfect occasion to discover his new reading of the composer’s enchanting setting of poems written in honour of the patron saint of musicians by WH Auden (he would later rename them ‘Anthem for St. Cecilia’s Day [for Benjamin Britten]’), alongside other choral settings comprising this glorious album entirely devoted to Britain’s greatest Twentieth Century composer.

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Sunday Times

"Under the British director Justin Doyle, the impeccably drilled (and accented) Berlin RIAS chamber choir bring to these supremely idiomatic pieces a gratifying array of rich colours."

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976) 
Choral Works


Choral Dances from Gloriana (Opera op. 53, Act II)
Text: William Plomer after Lytton Strachey
1. Time 
2. Concord 
3. Time and Concord 
4. Country Girls 
5. Rustics and Fishermen 
6. Final Dance of Homage 


7. Hymn to St. Cecilia, op. 27 
Text: W(ystan) H(ugh) Auden
8. A Hymn to the Virgin 
Anthem on Anon. text, c. 1300

Five Flower Songs, op. 47
Texts: Robert Herrick (1, 2), George Crabbe (3), John Clare (4), Anon. (5) 
9. To Daffodils
10. The Succession of the Four Sweet Months
11. Marsh Flowers
12. The Evening Primrose
13. The Ballad of Green Broom


A.M.D.G. (Ad majorem Dei gloriam)
Text: Gerard Manley Hopkins
14. Prayer I
15. Rosa Mystica 
16. God’s Grandeur 
17. Prayer II 
18. O Deus, ego amo te 
19. The Soldier 
20. Heaven-Haven