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New Year Carol

First line:
Here we bring new water from the well so clear
author of text

Dating from 2009 is the New Year Carol, to an anonymous poem previously and memorably set by Benjamin Britten—but it is clear by now that Bennett is not afraid to challenge such comparisons. His setting, which establishes a lullaby-like mood, has a wonderful simplicity. The upper three voice parts are separated from the basses, whose descending scales disrupt the rhythm and harmony in a conflict that is only finally resolved in the closing moments of the carol.

from notes by Malcolm MacDonald © 2012


Bennett (RR): My dancing day & other choral works
SIGCD293Download only


Track 4 on SIGCD293 [2'38] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD293 track 4

Recording date
20 January 2012
Recording venue
Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Michael Emery
Recording engineer
Susan Thomas
Hyperion usage
  1. Bennett (RR): My dancing day & other choral works (SIGCD293)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: July 2012
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