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Britten: War Requiem / Britten, London Symphony

Release Date: 05/16/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000638902   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-DieskauGalina VishnevskayaPeter PearsSimon Preston
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony ChorusHighgate School Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 2 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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,
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Works on This Recording

War Requiem, Op. 66 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor),
Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  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. 

Sound Samples

War Requiem, Op.66 / Requiem aeternam: "Requiem Aeternam"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Requiem aeternam: "What Passing Bells For These Who Die As Cattle?"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae: "Dies Irae"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae: "Dies irae"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae: "Bugles Sang, Saddening the Evening Air"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae: "Liber Scriptus Proferetur"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae: "Out There, We've Walked Quite Friendly Up To Death"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae: "Recordare Jesu Pie"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae: "Be Slowly Lifted Up"
War Requiem, Op.66: Sanctus (Rehearsal)
War Requiem, Op.66: Sanctus (Rehearsal)
War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae: "Lacrimosa Dies Illa"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae: "Move Him Into the Sun"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Offertorium: "Domine Jesu Christe"
War Requiem, Op.66: Agnus Dei (Rehearsal)
War Requiem, Op.66: Libera Me (Rehearsal)
War Requiem, Op.66: Libera Me (Rehearsal)
War Requiem, Op.66 / Offertorium: "So Abraham Rose, and Clave the Wood"
War Requiem, Op.66: Libera Me (Rehearsal)
War Requiem, Op.66 / Sanctus: "Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Sanctus: "After the Blast Of Lightning From the East"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Agnus Dei: "One Ever Hangs Where Shelled Roads Part"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Libera me: "Libera me, Domine"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Libera me: "It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Libera me: "Let Us Sleep Now...In Paradisum"
War Requiem, Op.66: Requiem Aeternam (Rehearsal)
War Requiem, Op.66: Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
War Requiem, Op.66: Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
War Requiem, Op.66: Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
War Requiem, Op.66: Offertorium (Rehearsal)

Customer Reviews

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 An Historic Performance June 11, 2013 By 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
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