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...
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
Works on This Recording
War Requiem, Op. 66 by Benjamin Britten
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Bo Skovhus (Baritone),
Jürgen Lamke (Organ),
Luba Orgonasova (Soprano)
John Eliot Gardiner
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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