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Britten: War Requiem / Gardiner, Orgonasova, Rolfe Johnson, Skovhus


Release Date: 03/10/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 437801   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Anthony Rolfe JohnsonBo SkovhusJürgen LamkeLuba Orgonasova
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi ChoirTölz Boys ChoirNorth German Radio Chorus Hamburg,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The consolatory sentiments and the resistance built towards them are most powerfully developed by John Eliot Gardiner, and Anthony Rolfe Johnson is without peer, seeking out the hard realism inside Wilfrid Owen’s poetry.

...The haunting unease of Britten’s and Wilfred Owen’s ‘passing bells’ resonates on through the superbly balanced choirs of boys and adults, symbolising, as Arnold Whittall points out in his valuable accompanying essay, all the tensions and precarious balances within the work. The consolatory sentiments and the resistance built towards them are most powerfully developed by John Eliot Gardiner’s direction of the lithe orchestral playing and the bright, unpious voices of the Tölz Boys Choir...
Read more Anthony Rolfe Johnson is without peer, seeking out the hard realism inside Owen’s poetry: ‘Move him into the sun’ has possibly never been done better...

-- Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

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War Requiem, Op. 66 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Bo Skovhus (Baritone), Jürgen Lamke (Organ),
Luba Orgonasova (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Tölz Boys Choir,  North German Radio Chorus Hamburg  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1992 
Venue:  Live  Marienkirche, Lübeck, Germany 
Length: 87 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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