Composer: Benjamin Britten
Performer: Crouch End Festival Chorus
Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: David Temple
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Size: 1.24 GB
St Nicolas, Op. 42
02. The Birth of Nicolas
03. Nicolas Devotes Himself to God
04. He Journeys to Palestine
05. Nicolas Comes to Myra and Is Chosen Bishop
06. Nicolas from Prison
07. Nicolas and the Pickled Boys
08. His Piety and Marvellous Works
09. The Death of Nicolas
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
11. Wolcum Yole!
12. There Is No Rose
13. That Yongë Child
15. As Dew in Aprille
16. This Little Babe
18. In Freezing Winter Night
19. Spring Carol
20. Deo Gracias
Crouch End Festival Chorus presents two Britten classics: Saint Nicolas and A Ceremony of Carols. Full of vibrancy and drama, Saint Nicolas is performed alongside the fabulous BBC Concert Orchestra and features tenor Mark Le Brocq as well as Coldfall Primary School Choir, members of Hertfordshire Chorus and Hannah Brine Choirs.
The ever popular A Ceremony of Carols is performed with harpist Sally Pryce, with both works conducted by David Temple.
A Ceremony of Carols (1942) and Saint Nicolas (1948) are the earliest works that Benjamin Britten composed for public performance primarily for boys’ voices. These performances, recorded here at London’s All Saints’ Church and Alexandra Palace Theatre, truly show how glorious these two pieces of music are, and why they have remained so popular.