The Britten Collection Box (Harry Christophers, The Sixteen) (Coro: COR16107)
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This superb collection, released in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Britten's birth, features all three of The Sixteen's celebrated Britten recordings.
Arguably the most famous British composer of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten possessed a formidable talent and distinctive style. His remarkable career spanned over 40 years and this collection of choral works features a fascinating selection of music from throughout his life.
Works include Hymn to the Virgin
, a piece originally conceived during his school days; A Boy was Born
which first brought him to the public's attention; the much-loved A Ceremony of Carols
- a masterpiece composed on board ship as Britten returned to England from the USA in 1942; and the Choral Dances
from 'Gloriana' with tenor soloist Ian Partridge
.A Ceremony of Carols
won a coveted Deutsche Schallplattenkritik when first released.