Notes and Editorial Reviews
As outspoken pacifist, composer Benjamin Britten combined texts from the Latin Mass for the dead with the sharply poignant writings of the World War I poet Wilfrid Owen to create one of the most gripping works of the modern classical repertoire. This video presents the historic 1963 American premiere of the War Requiem, as performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its Music Director, Erich Liensdorf. The soloists are Phyllis Curin, soprano; Nicholas Di Virgilio, tenor; and Tom Krause, baritone. The DVD boasts a magnificent stereo soundtrack drawn from the archives of the Boston Symphony archives. 89 minutes, Black & White, Stereo, All Regions.