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Britten: War Requiem; Spring Symphony; Young Person's Guide / Karel Ancerl, Czech PO

Audio Samples

>Britten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66
>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
>Britten, Benjamin : Spring Symphony, for soprano, alto, tenor, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44
>Unspecified : [Untitled CD-ROM Track]

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66
>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
>Britten, Benjamin : Spring Symphony, for soprano, alto, tenor, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44
>Unspecified : [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Benjamin Britten's music formed one of the pillars of the Czech Philharmonic's concert programs under its chief conductor Karel Ancerl. The Czech premiere of the War Requiem, with the participation of superlative foreign soloists like Gerald English and John Cameron, took place less than four years after its world premiere. These are previously unreleased unique recordings from the Prague Radio archives.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2013
The Czech premiere of the War Requiem from 1966 is raw but urgent..Collectors will be pleased to encounter leading Czech singers Nadeda Kniplová and Beno Blachut among the soloists but this set is strictly one for the historical category.

International Record Review, September 2013
[English's] elocution is in every way comparable to Peter Pears's own, the instrument even leaner and the delivery trenchantly objective...This is no the most pleasant-sounding recording of the War Requiem. It is surely, though, the one which best draws together the threads of this difficult form.

MusicWeb International, 11th November 2013
English's singing is consistently clear and incisive and Cameron has a fine, rounded tone and an excellent sense of line...[Kniplová] projects the 'Liber scriptus' powerfully and accurately...she's fully up to the work's histrionic challenges...Ancerl's direction of the score is impressive. He's clearly committed to the music and he ensures that rhythms are crisply articulated.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66
  • Performers: Nadezda Kniplova (Soprano); John Cameron (Piano); Gerald English (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Karel Ancerl
  • Ensemble: Caech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1961
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
  • Conductor: Karel Ancerl
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Britten, Benjamin : Spring Symphony, for soprano, alto, tenor, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44
  • Performers: Milada Subrtova (Soprano); Beno Blachut (Voice)
  • Conductor: Karel Ancerl
  • Running Time: 41 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1949
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Unspecified : [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
  • Period Time: Modern