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Britten - Saint Nicholas

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Northern Sinfonia


Stephen Cleobury

(& organ)

Andrew Kennedy

- (tenor)

Tom Pickard

- (treble)

Bratislava City Chorus


Choir of Kings College, Cambridge


College Choir

*

Venue:

Cambridge



Producer:

Simon Kiln



Engineer:

Arne Akselberg & Jonathan Allen



Record Label
Kings College

Genre:

Choir


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 76:32
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

   
 

Saint Nicolas

 
1 I Introduction 5:35
2 II The Birth of Nicolas 2:43
3 III Nicolas devotes himself to God 4:34
 Tom Pickard - (treble)
   
4 IV He Journeys to Palestine * 8:19
5 V Nicolas comes to Myra and is chosen Bishop *^ 7:02
6 VI Nicolas from Prison 2:59
7 VII Nicolas and the Pickled Boys 6:42
  (Adam Banwell, Rupert Peacock, James Wells - trebles) *  
8 VIII His piety and marvellous works * 5:03
9 IX The Death of Nicolas * ^ 6:45
   
10 

Hymn To St Cecilia

10:25
  Alexander Banwell, William Hirtzel - trebles, Andreas Eccles-Williams - alto, Ruairi Bowen - tenor, Daniel D'Souza - bass  
11 

Rejoice In the Lamb

16:25
  William Crane - treble, Feargal Mostyn-Williams - alto, Ruairi Bowen - tenor, Simon Chambers - baritone, Ben San Lau - organ  
   
  Total Time 76:32      
 Stephen Cleobury (& organ)
   
 Andrew Kennedy - (tenor)
  (Janet Macleod - chorus director)  
  Tracks 10 & 11: 23-24 June 2012  
   
  Tracks 1-9: 14-15 January & 20 May 2013  


Britten: St Nicolas (2013). The Choir of King’s College celebrated Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday with the release of a new recording of Saint Nicolas. This recording closely follows the staging and instrumentation of the première of the work at the first Aldeburgh Festival in 1948.

Britten calls for a tenor soloist (Andrew Kennedy), chorus of men and boys (King’s College Choir), gallery chorus of girls (Sawston Village College Choir), orchestra (Britten Sinfonia) and congregation of mixed voices (Cambridge University Music Society).

The recording is the third release on the King’s College label, and the first to be released in surround sound, capturing the unique acoustics of King’s College Chapel.

 "... a thoroughly welcome addition to the Kings/Britten discography ,,,"

Philip Reed - Choir & Organ magazine - January/February 2014


 "This is an excellent new recording of Britten’s cantata St Nicholas... I think Stephen Cleobury’s is the finest performance to have appeared on disc since Britten’s own mono recording, an essential of any Britten collection ... The whole performance is utterly convincing and very moving, all captured in magnificent sound. The rest of the disc is good ... the real interest of this release is the outstanding recording of St Nicholas and that can be recommended without hesitation..."

Nigel Simeone - International Record Review - February 2014


                       Performance ****           Recording *****

"...I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the resonant King’s College acoustic captured better"

BBC Music magazine 




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