Notes & Reviews:
"Britten's own 1963 recording of the War Requiem comes near to the ideal. The digital remastering...brings added textural refinement and makes this recording sound newly minted." -The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
among the most magnetic performances of British music ever put on record
Britten conducts with unique authority and all the performers respond with evident and complete commitment. The playing of the LSO is magnificently incisive...even if you already have this recording of War Requiem in its original format I'd urge you to acquire this release also simply for the sake of these rehearsal sequences...this Britten recording has an irreplaceable page in the annals of this wonderful and profoundly moving work.
The merits of this ground-breaking performance is that it so arrestingly conveys Britten's intentions. We're lucky to have not only Britten's irreplaceable reading refurbished, but also his commentary suggested by the rehearsal sequences.
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Works DetailsBritten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66
- Performers: Peter Pears; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano); Simon Preston (Organ)
- Conductor: Benjamin Britten
- Ensemble: Melos Ensemble of London
- Notes: Kingsway Hall, London, England (01/03/1963-01/05/1963)
- Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1961