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Chorale after an old French Carol
First line:
Our fathers whose creative will asked
composer
Autumn 1944; based on the tune Picardy
author of text

Recordings
'A Christmas Present from Polyphony' (NOEL2)
A Christmas Present from Polyphony
Buy by post £4.50 NOEL2  Super-budget price sampler — Last few CD copies remaining  
'Britten: Sacred and Profane & other choral works' (CDH55438)
Britten: Sacred and Profane & other choral works
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55438  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 20 on CDH55438 [4'44] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 16 on NOEL2 [4'44] Super-budget price sampler — Last few CD copies remaining

Chorale after an old French Carol
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During his early career, Britten undertook occasional commissions from the BBC in order to supplement his longer-term concert and operatic work. In the autumn of 1944 he contributed music to a radio programme entitled A Poet’s Christmas, broadcast by the Home Service on Christmas Eve and also featuring music by Michael Tippett. Britten’s contribution was his Chorale after an old French Carol, with a text by W H Auden (who had been Britten’s close friend and collaborator in the period from 1936 to 1942). The Chorale’s text was part of an unachieved Christmas Oratorio on which Britten and Auden intended to collaborate. Britten’s setting is based on the hymn tune ‘Picardy’, known in France as ‘Romancero’; it lay unperformed for many years, but was resurrected in 1961 when Imogen Holst conducted its first airing since the original broadcast in 1944.

from notes by Mervyn Cooke © 2001

Track-specific metadata
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Details for CDA67140 track 20
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-14020
Duration
4'44
Recording date
27 April 2000
Recording venue
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Britten: Sacred and Profane & other choral works (CDA67140)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: March 2001
    Deletion date: August 2010
    Superseded by CDH55438
  2. Britten: Sacred and Profane & other choral works (CDH55438)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: December 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. A Christmas Present from Polyphony (NOEL2)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: October 2004
    Super-budget price sampler — Last few CD copies remaining
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