Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Highgate School Chorus/Benjamin Britten. London 414 383-2 [2 CDs].
The composer’s 1963 recording remains, after more than 50 years, the preferred account, unequalled in its scope and emotional intensity. It brings together the three soloists from whom the work was written, chosen not only for their artistry, but because they represented three of the nations most deeply scarred by World War II – the Soviet Union, England, and Germany. Britten holds the vast forces together, and the superbly engineered recording captures the power and the nuance of his ardent, visionary interpretation with chilling exactitude. – Ted Libbey,Read more author of
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Works on This Recording
War Requiem, Op. 66by Benjamin Britten Performer:
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano),
Peter Pears (Tenor),
Simon Preston (Organ)
London Symphony Orchestra,
London Symphony Chorus,
Highgate School Chorus
Period: 20th Century Written: 1961; England Date of Recording: 01/1963 Venue: Kingsway Hall, London Length: 131 Minutes 42 Secs. Notes: This selection is sung in English, Greek and Latin.
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An Historic PerformanceJune 11, 2013By Andrew MacAoidh J. (Cincinnati, OH)See All My Reviews"This is my elder son's favorite piece of music. He did not, however, have this historic performance, with soloists Britten hoped to have for the first performance."Report Abuse