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Britten: Sacred and Profane


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2013 sees the centenary of Britten's birth and a wide-ranging programme of concerts, operas and events, including performances of his choral music. This recording is the perfect introduction to this repertoire.

Included on this Gramophone Award-winning recording is the last choral work for professionals which Britten was to complete-Sacred and Profane-a collection of eight medieval lyrics for voices in five parts (SSATB). Also included is the Chorale after an old French Carol whose text is by W H Auden (a close friend of Britten's). The Chorale's text was part of an unachieved Christmas Oratorio on which Britten and Auden intended to collaborate.

The seven settings of poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins entitled A.M.D.G. were never performed in the composer's lifetime and indeed had to wait until 1984 for their first performance.
Facts
Item number CDH55438
Barcode 034571154381
Release date 03/12/2012
Category 20th Century
Label Hyperion Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Composers Britten, Benjamin
Conductors Layton, Stephen
Disc: 1
1 Five Flower Songs Op 47 [11'25]
2 A M D G [17'42]
3 A Hymn to the Virgin [3'20]
4 Choral dances from Gloriana 1954 version
5 Chorale after an old French Carol [4'44]
6 Sacred and Profane Op 91 [14'19]
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