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Hyperion Records

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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: 6 minutes 15 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)

Deus in adiutorium meum
composer
This Way to the Tomb
author of text
Psalm 69 (70); 2

Introduction
From 1934 to 1939 incidental music for films and radio plays were significant in Britten’s early development of certain creative disciplines. At the end of the war the composer again interested himself in incidental music, collaborating with Ronald Duncan in the latter’s This Way to the Tomb (1945). (It was the same author who, at about the same time, adapted André Obey’s treatment of the Lucretia legend for the chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia.) This Way to the Tomb is divided into two parts, Masque and Antimasque, and whilst the Antimasque has been described as satirical to a point of amiable banality, the music for the Masque is all vocal, much of it choral, and includes the setting, here recorded, of Psalm 70, ‘Deus in adjutorium meum …’, for unaccompanied voices.

from notes by Peter Lamb 1986

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