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Britten: Saint Nicolas; A Ceremony of Carols - Mark Le Brocq (tenor); Sally Pryce (harp); Zachary Almeida-Rosser (vocals); Coldfall Primary School Choir (choir, chorus);...
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  1. Saint Nicolas, cantata for tenor, treble, choruses & orchestra, Op. 42
  2. A Ceremony of Carols, for treble voices (or chorus) & harp, Op. 28
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Benjamin Britten's cantata Saint Nicolas, Op. 42, and A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, have been paired in concert and on recordings often enough. Both are Christmas pieces of a sort, although Saint Nicolas refers only obliquely to the saint's gift-giving. The Stephen Layton-led readings with the Trinity College Choir from the early 2010s are satisfactory in every way, but this album, released during the 2020 holiday season, stands out, for it might be considered an authentic performance. Britten intended Saint Nicolas for ...

Britten: Saint Nicolas; A Ceremony of Carols 2020, Signum Classics

UPC: 635212064924