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HE 0236

Britten - The Little Sweep

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2012

Originally recorded in 1961


London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

English Opera Group Orchestra

Benjamin Britten

George Malcolm

Trevor Anthony

'Black Bob, the sweep-master'

Peter Pears

'Clem, the assistant sweep/Alfred, the gardener'

Michael Ingram

'Gay Brook'

Lyn Vaughan

'Hugh Crome'

Robin Fairhurst

'John Crome'

April Cantelo

'Juliet Brook'

Nancy Thomas

'Miss Baggott, the housekeeper'

Jennifer Vyvyan

'Rowan, the nursery-maid'

David Hemmings

'Sam, sweep-boy'

Marilyn Baker

'Sophie Brook'

Gabrielle Soskin

'Tina Crome'

Choir of Alleyn's School


Tim Grocutt

Record Label
Heritage Records


Orchestral & Concertos

Vocal & Song

Total Time - 64:47
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The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera) Op.45

1 'Sweep! Sweep!' (Audience) 2:01
2 'Sweep this chimney!' (Miss Baggott 1:59
3 'Now, little white boy!' (Clem/Black Bob) 4:03
4 'Pull the rope gently' (Children) 1:42
5 'Is he wounded?' (Children) 1:29
6 'Sooty tracks upon the sheet' (Children) 2:24
7 'Run, Poor Sweepboy' (Rowan) 4:18
8 'The kettles are singing' (Audience) 2:45
9 'O why do you weep' (Rowan/Sam/Children) 3:07
10 Pantomine - 'Ah!...Blackguards!' (Miss Baggott) 4:17
11 'Help! Help! She's Collapsed!' (Miss Baggott) 2:07
12 'The owl, wide-winging' (Audience) 4:05
13 'Soon the coach will carry you away' (Juliet) 2:28
14 'Morning, Sammy' (Johnnie) 1:51
15 'Ready, Alfred?' (Tom) 2:51
16 Coaching Song: 'The Horses Are Champing' (All) 2:23

Cantata Academica Op.62

  Part I  
17 I Bonorum summum omnium 2:56
  II quare bene beateque Vivendi  
18 III At huius caelestic 3:24
  IV Maiorum imprimis virtus  
  V Tum vero Aenease Sylvius  
19 VI Et gubernacula mundi qui tenet 3:39
  VII ut ad longaeva tempora  
  Part II  
20 VIII Docendi ac discendi aequitati 3:31
21 IX Rhenana erga omnes urbs 4:33
  X ut iustissime Basilea audiat  
  XI O cives Basilienses  
22 XII Nos autem cuncti hoc festo die 2:54
  XIII vigeatque academia libera  
 George Malcolm

Heritage HE 0236

Britten: The Little Sweep; Cantata Academica

Two rarities in the Britten repertoire, his children’s opera The Little Sweep and the Cantata Academica, have been unavailable on disc for several years. These definitive recordings, made by Decca with the English Opera Group and the London Symphony Orchestra, are now available to download. The Little Sweep – one of the composer’s most charming and memorable scores – was recorded in mono, yet the sound is startlingly vivid and atmospheric, whilst the Cantata Academica appears in Decca’s characteristically full classic stereo sound.

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