Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Free Download: Benjamin Britten's "Missa Brevis, Op. 63"

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) is a twentieth-century British composer and pianist. Encouraged by his mother, he began playing and composing at an early age. He rose to great prominence as composer of operas and had the opportunity to collaborate with great names of the twentieth century, such as with EM Forester on Billy Budd. The Missa Brevis was written for the Westminter Cathedral Choir on the retirement of the choirmaster, George Malcolm. The mass is true to its origins: it does not have a Credo, traditional in Catholic masses, as it was written for an Episcopal mass. This recording is performed by Bodra Smyana Children's Choir, Stojanka Slavova, organist
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