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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)


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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.

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