Britten: Partsongs; Hymn to the Virgin; Missa Brevis
Louis Halsey; George Malcolm
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4802336
Barcode
00028948023363
Format
1-CD
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN
Five Flower Songs, Op. 47
Two Partsongs
Chorale (after an old French carol)
A Shepherd’s Carol
The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
Choral Dances from Gloriana
Old Abram Brown
Oliver Cromwell
O Can Ye Sew Cushions?
The Salley Gardens

Elizabethan Singers
Wilfrid Parry, piano
Louis Halsey

Hymn to the Virgin

London Symphony Chorus
George Malcolm

Missa Brevis, Op. 63

Westminster Cathedral Choir
George Malcolm

FIRST RELEASE ON CD (except ‘Hymn to the Virgin’)

Recording information

Recording Producers: Andrew Raeburn (Partsongs); Michael Bremner (Hymn to the Virgin); unknown (Missa Brevis)
Balance Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson (Hymn to the Virgin); unknown (Missa Brevis)
Recording Locations: Westminster Cathedral, London, UK, January 1960 (Missa Brevis); Kingsway Hall, London, UK, May 1961 (Hymn to the Virgin); Decca Studio 3, West Hampstead, UK, April & May 1964 (Partsongs)

Reviews

‘The pieces on this extremely enjoyable record roughly cover the first 20 years of Britten’s maturity … The Elizabethan Singers sing with lovely tone, splendid precision and unfailing comprehension. These are superb performances. Some of the quiet homophonic songs are splendidly done, for instance the haunting ‘Concord’ in the ‘Gloriana’ pieces but the group is equally successful at conveying stress and excitement. The recording quality is outstandingly good. I do urge you to give this lovely record a trial.’ (Halsey) Gramophone

‘The little work is full of Britten’s brilliant technical invention and imaginative insight both in the vocal and the organ parts, and is a most valuable addition to the small repertoire of really worth-while contemporary liturgical settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. … Performance and recording are very good’ (Missa Brevis) Gramophone