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First line:
From needing danger, to be good
author of text
The Litanie

Among the earliest of Bennett’s choral pieces, these three Donne settings are short without being slight, and many of the elements of his choral style are already evident. The music is carefully and sensitively fitted to the words (a note warns that ‘the bar-lines in No 1 should not interfere with the natural rhythm of the words’); each voice part is shaped with a sure sense of line; clarity of texture sometimes conceals artifice, as with the effortless canonic writing in Nos 1 and 2; and the sense of the text is eloquently conveyed—all this within a framework of ‘reborn tonality’ which respects the long tradition of choral music without suggesting pastiche.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2005


Bennett (RR): Sea change & other choral works
CSCD521Download only


Track 7 on CSCD521 [6'31] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD521 track 7

Recording date
1 August 2004
Recording venue
LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tim Handley
Recording engineer
Tim Handley
Hyperion usage
  1. Bennett (RR): Sea change & other choral works (CSCD521)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: March 2013
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