- 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.
It was a highly emotional event in every way. All performers were magnificent, and young conductor Andris Nelsons leads with total control. At the soft, almost inaudible conclusion of the work there is total silence for at least two minutes... a moving episode indeed. Video and audio are state-of-the-art. Even if you own other recordings of Britten's masterpiece, you should investigate this issue.
This DVD documents a deeply moving performance of War Requiem given in Coventry Cathedral on the exact anniversary of its first performance there fifty years earlier. The performance, under the inspired direction of Andris Nelsons, is superb in every way and the solo contributions of Mark Padmore and Hanno Müller-Brachmann are outstanding.
Run Time: 97 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DD 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; Hanno Muller-Brachmann; Mark Padmore
- Conductor: Andris Nelsons
- Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1961
- Studio/Live: Studio