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Britten: War Requiem, 1962
 
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Britten: War Requiem, 1962

Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh
2 Sep 2013 | Format: MP3

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Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
10:17
2
27:03
Disc 2
1
9:34
2
10:18
3
3:48
4
23:02


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 2 Sep 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Signum Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Signum Records
  • Total Length: 1:24:02
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  • ASIN: B00F6UACL6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,413 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Oct 2013
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There are now quite a number of recordings of the War Requiem and they are still coming - Pappano has an account in the pipeline. A recent version in the LSO Live series from Noseda was, I felt, disappointing. It seemed to underplay the importance of the songs and increase the focus on the Latin Requiem setting - the very opposite of what this piece needs - and the singers seemed weak, with Bostridge finding it hard to escape from the wonderful phrasing of Peter Pears. No such worries here. The signing is first rate - idiomatic and fresh. The choral and orchestral work is also excellent and McCreesh paces the piece perfectly. Nothing is exaggerated but many telling details and fine accounts of the songs make this a powerful account. On occasions the words that the higher voices are singing are not as clear as they should be - a problem with the acoustics of the venue? - but otherwise the sound is fine. Of course, the wonderful version conducted by Britten is not to be missed by anyone. And Rilling's account perhaps has more character than this new one. And Hickox - whose account can seem both careful and exaggerated - is also a contender. But McCreesh has given us a fine new War Requiem.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J N McMahon on 13 Dec 2013
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Having listened exclusively to the Britten recording of his own work for the last twenty years, I was sceptical about forking out 15 for another recording. I am glad I did: this is a quite brilliant recording. The sound is wonderful. The attention to detail makes it a captivating recording - it possibly also reveals gaps in the Brittem recording. Most of all, it navigates the transition from menace to pathos, and back again, in a wholly convincing way.

I vote this my own classical music disc of the year.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Cheetham on 4 Dec 2013
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This recording is one of the most immensely powerful recordings of an undeniably powerful work. Whilst the Britten recording will remain in anyone's collection, this is a must-buy for me and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Soloists and chamber orchestra provide beautifully reflective moments in complete contrast to wildly exciting, visceral sections with the full orchestra and stunning massed choir. For me, John Mark Ainsley is the most moving soloist - I challenge anyone to listen to this recording whilst looking at the war photography in the booklet without being moved to tears. A truly humbling experience and another epic release from Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli.
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