Benjamin britten saint nicholas, cantata for tenor. The cantata, saint nicolas, written in 1948 by benjamin britten, presents legendary incidents in the life of nicolas, patron saint of children, seamen, and. Although saint nicolas is not a christmas work the conflation of saint nick and father christmas is a separate story from that of the original greekborn saint, the albums release in advance of the 20 christmas holidays was fortuitous. New download feature learn, rehearse and sing even where there is no internet access on the train, in the car, on a walk, wherever you wish. Andrew kennedy tenor, britten sinfonia, sawston village college choir. Introducing the choirs new recording of benjamin britten s cantata saint nicolas, composed for the centenary of lancing college and recorded to. At 3pm students from chethams school of music and the greater manchester music hubs will perform britten s st nicolas with tenor soloist nicky spence. Choir, piano sheet music book by benjamin britten 191976. The story of st nicolas c33 by ambrogio lorenzetti d48 uffizi gallery, florence. For the fairfield county chorale, the christmas season premieres today with its performance of benjamin britten s st. Britten creates a palpable sense of relief in the final pages. Nicholas, a cantata describing the life and miracles of. Genre benjamin britten, english choral music, oratorio, users who like britten st. These were dedicated to him brittens birthday fell on st cecilias day, 22 november, but he found himself unable to complete the work.
Marks episcopal church, washington, dc february 21, 1987 a dramatic cantata in nine scenes depicting the life of saint nicolas, his faith, his miracles and his enduring legacy. The bishops robe, the mitre, and the cross of gold. Here is a clickable table of the available midi files for this work. The premiere was conducted by britten, with peter pears singing the role of nicolas. Benjamin brittens choral masterpiece is featured alongside rejoice in the lamb and the hymn to st cecilia. Saint nicholas, cantata for tenor, choruses, and large ensemble, op. There is no shortage of recordings of the benjamin britten works on this album, but the stars have lined up behind this particular one. Introduction our eyes are blinded by the holiness you bear. Christs nativity philip langridge, steuart bedford on allmusic 2003. Britten s enchanting choral masterpiece featuring soloist andrew kennedy and the renowned britten sinfonia. Ceramic city choir and special guests perform benjamin britten s exciting and dramatic cantata, st nicolas. It seems like speculation to say what britten had in mind or at least, something for which we should cite a source. Finally, nicolas begs god to let the storm cease and offers thanks for their safe delivery.
Composed in a remarkably fecund period following the success of peter grimes, the 1948 cantata st nicolas wedded amateur chorus with professional soloists. Oct 28, 20 introducing the choirs new recording of benjamin britten s cantata saint nicolas, composed for the centenary of lancing college and recorded to mark the 100th anniversary of the composers birth. As part of this years celebration of the centenary of benjamin britten s birth, the choir of king s college, cambridge under conductor stephen cleobury presents britten s enchanting choral masterpiece saint nicolas, coupled with the hymn to st. A ceremony of carols was dedicated to ursula nettleship, a singing teacher and choral trainer who was later responsible for assembling the choir that took part in the first performance of brittens saint nicolas in 1948. Nicolas christs nativity psalm 150 by steuart bedford and tens of millions of other songs on all your devices with amazon music unlimited. Saint nicolas satb benjamin britten is available at choral tracks. In the fifth movement, nicolas comes to myra and is chosen bishop, the choir sings choralelike phrases welcoming him as their new bishop.
These were dedicated to him britten s birthday fell on st cecilias day, 22 november, but he found himself unable to. Nicolas excerpt the death of nicolas robert breault. Saint nicolas, op 42 cds, mp3 and lossless downloads. The choir of kings college, cambridge under conductor stephen cleobury presents brittens enchanting choral masterpiece, saint nicolas, with hymn to st cecilia and rejoice in the lamb, celebrating 100 years since benjamin brittens birth. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. It covers the legendary life of saint nicholas, bishop of myra, lycia, in a. Britten s cantata, saint nicolas, was commissioned to celebrate the centenary of lancing college, sussex. Nicolas is the patron saint of children and the copatron of lancing college. The work is scored for tenor soloist, boy soprano, treble voices, fourpart chorus. Listen to audio files for the complete cantata from christ church episcopal cathedral, indianapolis, indiana. Members get access to our extensive library of rehearsal tracks.
Brittens cantata, saint nicolas, was commissioned to celebrate the centenary of lancing college, sussex. Britten, benjamin all original works compositions and arrangements of this person are still under in canada, the eu, japan and elsewhere and are thus subject to immediate deletion. Jacqueline shaves lean, spiky account of the violin obbligato in the introduction sets a tensely expectant atmosphere, and its clear from the summoning of the saint that stephen cleobury has the choral forces sharply focused, and attentive to brittens dynamic stipulations. For forty years our nicolas, our prince of men, our shepherd and. Tidal is the first global music streaming service with high fidelity sound, hidef video quality, along with expertly curated playlists and original content making it a trusted source for music and culture. Britten saint nicolas download kings college recordings.
A ceremony of carols was dedicated to ursula nettleship, a singing teacher and choral trainer who was later responsible for assembling the choir that took part in the first performance of britten s saint nicolas in 1948. Benjamin britten s saint nicolas was composed in 1948 for the centennial of lancing college, a boys school in sussex. An introduction to who we are and what its like to sing with us. Nicolas or saint nicolas or st nicolas do catalogues and indexes permit one to differentiate between these three and point to. Originally written for the centenary of lancing college where pears had been a pupil it was performed there the following month, and has been a part of the repertoire ever since. It is scored for mixed choir, tenor soloist, four boys. The composer wrote the work for the centenary of lancing college in sussex, with the resources of the institution in mind. It was first performed june 5, 1948, at the opening of the aldeburgh festival in the aldeburgh parish church. Writing specifically for the resources available to him on this occasion, britten scored the piece for mixed choir, tenor soloist, strings, piano duet, organ. The choir of kings college, cambridge under conductor stephen cleobury presents britten s enchanting choral masterpiece, saint nicolas, with hymn to st cecilia and rejoice in the lamb, celebrating 100 years since benjamin britten s birth. Saint nicolas, op 42 britten mp3 and lossless downloads. The cantata saint nicolas tells the story of the original santa claus, a fourthcentury saint whose acts revitalising three boys who had been pickled by an unscrupulous landlord being among the more dramatic led to his canonisation as patron saint of children and sailors.
Britten saint nicolas peter pears download buy now. As choral music specialists we stock all editions of brittens st nicolas, and provide. It covers the legendary life of saint nicholas, bishop of myra, lycia, in a dramatic sequence of events. The first performance of britten s st nicolas was the opening concert of the inaugural aldeburgh festival in june 1948, with peter pears as the soloist. This hawkes pocket score is an authoritative edition ideal for performance preparation or academic. Saint nicolas op benjamin britten words by eric crozier. She had shared a house in chelsea with britten and pears in the autumn of 1942, and helped secure them concert engagements. Loop ab end loop in 2019 cd baby deleted all cyberbass titles from their mp3 catalog. Psalm 150 by benjamin britten, steuart bedford, english chamber orchestra, london schools symphony orchestra, philip langridge, bbc singers, tallis chamber choir, new london childrens choir from amazons classical music store. In partnership with cathedral arts, the cso will present the story of st.
Oct 21, 20 the choir of kings college, cambridge under conductor stephen cleobury presents brittens enchanting choral masterpiece, saint nicolas, with hymn to st cecilia and rejoice in the lamb, celebrating 100 years since benjamin brittens birth. These works are also probably still under in the u. Its first official performance took place at the college in july, 1948, though in fact it had already received an unofficial premiere six weeks earlier, at the opening concert of the very first aldeburgh festival. Eventbrite the ceramic city choir presents britten st nicolas saturday, 2 november 2019 at st andrews church. Learning your voice part soprano, alto, tenor, bass in brittens st nicolas does. Complete your britten robert tear bruce russell choir of kings college, cambridge academy of st martin. Brittens enchanting choral masterpiece featuring soloist andrew kennedy and the renowned britten sinfonia. Chandos records is one of the worlds premier classical music record companies, best known for its ground breaking search for neglected musical gems. Benjamin britten wrote the cantata saint nicolas in 1948 for the centennial celebrations of lancing college in sussex.701 1130 781 1019 1536 770 680 1464 1390 121 737 735 533 143 442 713 77 121 322 813 771 1490 1132 756 1533 78 784 655 640 526 1370 1030 1 756 1446 760 1236 501 1273 1338 1082 252 1423 684 1089