Reviews: Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
The MHS Review 391 Vol. 11 No.13 1987
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William Wians, South Bend Tribune (December 5, 1985)
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28; Te Deum in C Major, Hymns to St. Peter, the Virgin, St. Cecilia. Andrew Olleson, Edward Harris, Mark Slater, Trebles; Jonathan Cooke, Alto; Teehan Page, Niall Weir, Tenors; Nigel Howells, Bass; Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford; Francis Grier, Conductor; Frances Kelly, Harp.
Written in 1944 upon his return to England from America, Britten's music expresses his deep appreciation for the ancient English folksong tradition. His material affords him the perfect vehicle to exercise his gift for writing music of delicate beauty.