Britten: War Requiem [Remastered]

Britten: War Requiem [Remastered]

by Benjamin Britten

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Overview

English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-76) lived through both world wars. A devout pacifist, his War Requiem was a musical reaction to the devastation these conflicts wrought. Britten took the traditional Latin requiem text and interpolated poetry by Wilfred Owen, an English writer who lost his life in World War I. "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The poetry is in the pity. . . . All a poet can do today is warn," Owen wrote. An intensely dramatic score -- calling for a chamber orchestra in addition to the regular full orchestra, and multiple choirs, including a children's chorus -- it stands as a powerful antiwar statement. Composed during the initial years of the cold war, this performance, conducted by Britten himself, was a political statement as well, bringing together the Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, the German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and the English tenor Peter Pears (Britten's life partner). Producer John Culshaw, the man responsible for Sir Georg Solti's famous recording of Wagner's Ring cycle, taped this requiem less than a year after the world premiere. This is among the most moving musical documents of the 20th century.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/16/2006
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947575115
catalogNumber: 000638902
Rank: 154182

Tracks

  1. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66
  2. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsing War Requiem. Requiem aeternam. Rehearsa
  3. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsing War Requiem. Dies irae. Rehearsal of th
  4. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsing War Requiem. Dies irae. Discussion in t
  5. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsing War Requiem. Dies irae. Rehearsal of en
  6. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsing War Requiem. Offertorium. Rehearsal
  7. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsing War Requiem. Sanctus. Rehearsal
  8. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsing War Requiem. Sanctus. Discussion in the
  9. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsing War Requiem. Agnus Dei. Discussion in t
  10. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsing War Requiem. Libera me. Discussion in t
  11. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsing War Requiem. Libera me. Rehearsal
  12. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsing War Requiem. Libera me. Rehearsal of cl

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Britten: War Requiem 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
yanere More than 1 year ago
Benjamin Britten knew exactly what he wanted to do with this music. Despite the complexity of what he wanted and the fact that this music has need to express both a somber message there is a celebratory note as he observes the rebirth of the end of a horrific war and a whiff of hope after a nightmarish struggle. He led some of the best performers of the day to a triumphant performance. Soloists (and what soloists they were) orchestra and choir all are excellent. Fun to listen to his comments while conducting practices which illustrate how important it was to get something like perfection done. Perfection or not it is close and a fitting honor for poet Wilfrid Owen and all the victims of the war.