Programm notes


"A Ceremony of Carols" (op. 28) is a piece by Benjamin Britten scored for three-part treble chorus, solo voices, and harp. It consists of eleven movements, the texts of which came from "The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems", by Gerald Bullett; the text is in Middle English. The piece was written in 1942 while Britten was at sea, going from the United States to England. Originally conceived as a series of unrelated songs, it was later unified into one piece with the framing processional and recessional. (From: Wikipedia)


Benjamin Britten is the most widely performed British 20th century composer He studied with Frank Bridge and at Royal College of Music. After the war he founded a new English-language opera tradition, with works such as Peter Grimes, Billy Budd and The Turn of the Screw now established in the international repertoire. Craftsmanship and versatility produced works for every genre, from large-scale symphonic scores to songs and choral works. Recurring themes include conflicts between the outsider and society, innocence and experience, moral good and lurking evil, beauty and passion. He wrote works for leading soloists of day including Peter Pears, Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Mstislav Rostropovich and Julian Bream and conducted classic accounts of his oeuvre on the Decca label. Benjamin Britten is published by Boosey & Hawkes.