- City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
- City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
- City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus
Notes & Reviews:
2012 brings the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Britten's War Requiem, one of the most powerful pacifi st statements in music. The anniversary performance is conducted by the CBSO's Music Director, Andris Nelsons, featuring the Canadian soprano Erin Wall, English tenor Mark Padmore singing the role written for Peter Pears, and German baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann. Available of DVD and Blu Ray.
... this is a magnificent recording and a worthy celebration of one of the most important musical creations of the 20th-century. As the music from the final chord fades, the seemingly eternal silence in the Cathedral is spine-tingling as the occasion, originality, and power of the music is not lost on any one person who was fortunate enough to attend. We are indeed fortunate to be able to share in it through this recording.
How do I know, deep inside, that this new Blu-ray is a keeper? Because when I watch it, the performance seems to envelope me in an intimate embrace... Because when I listen to it, I experience a kind of joy - I am lifted up... Because when I watch and listen, the whole thing is over in a heartbeat, even though I know it's been an hour and a half since I sat down. Because these performers - conductor Andris Nelsons, tenor Mark Padmore, soprano Erin Wall, baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann, and the choirs involved - make it sound easy, almost spontaneous, though I know this is difficult music.
Run Time: 97 min.
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): DTS-HD 5.1,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Country of Origin: Germany
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Works DetailsBritten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66
- Performers: Erin Wall; Mark Padmore; Hanno Muller-Brachmann
- Conductor: Andris Nelsons
- Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1961
- Studio/Live: Studio