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Track(s) taken from CDA66220
Recording details: June 1986
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: January 1987
Total duration: 3 minutes 32 seconds

'Not to be missed' (Gramophone)

'The ensemble is superb, the solo work amazingly mature, and the range of tonal coloring a delight. This is an outstanding collection, beautifully and atmospherically recorded' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

A Hymn to the Virgin
First line:
Of one that is so fair and bright
composer
9 July 1930
author of text
c1300

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Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Holst Singers, Stephen Layton (conductor)
The Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Britten wrote a considerable quantity of music during his school years, much of it ambitious and demonstrating a striking stylistic eclecticism. Much simpler in its understated poignancy is his well-known A Hymn to the Virgin, for double choir, composed on 9 July 1930 during an enforced spell in the sick-bay at Gresham’s School, Holt, when Britten was only sixteen years old. (This was his final year at school, and two months later he entered the Royal College of Music to study composition and piano.) In 1934 he deemed the piece worthy of publication but transposed the music down a semitone to make it more comfortable to sing and amended some of the harmonic progressions.

from notes by Mervyn Cooke © 2001


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