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Track(s) taken from CDA66825
Recording details: October 1995
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1995
Total duration: 3 minutes 17 seconds

'Their commitment to what they are singing rings out with every note. A Boy was Born is imbued with more ravishing feeling than I would have thought possible' (Organists' Review)

'Remarquable! Les Holst Singers se révèlent être de remarquables interprètes de leur cher répertoire national. Cette anthologie atteste du niveau vocal et musical de ce choeur (et donc de leur chef Stephen Layton)' (Diapason, France)

'Interpretaciones tan refrescantes como escrupulosas' (CD Compact, Spain)

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)
Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (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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