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Britten: War Requiem [Hybrid SACD]

Gianandrea Noseda Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: LSO Live
  • ASIN: B00713Y2R6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,234 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. War Requiem: i. Requiem Aeternam - Requiem aeternam 3:36£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. War Requiem: ii. Requiem Aeternam - Te decet hymnus 3:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. War Requiem: iii. Requiem Aeternam - "What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?" 2:36£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. War Requiem: iv. Requiem Aeternam - Kyrie eleison 1:32£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. War Requiem: v. Dies Irae - Dies irae 3:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. War Requiem: vi. Dies Irae - "Bugles sang, saddening the evening air" 2:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. War Requiem: vii. Dies Irae - Liber scriptus 3:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. War Requiem: viii. Dies Irae - "Out there, we've walked quite friendly up to Death" 1:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. War Requiem: ix. Dies Irae - Recordare Iesu pie 3:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. War Requiem: x. Dies Irae - Confutatis maledictis 1:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. War Requiem: xi. Dies Irae - "Be slowly lifted up, thou long black arm" 2:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. War Requiem: xii. Dies Irae - Dies irae 3:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. War Requiem: xiii. Dies Irae - "Move him into the sun" 4:10£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. War Requiem: xiv. Dies Irae - Pie Iesu Domine 1:34£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. War Requiem: xv. Offertorium - Domine Jesu Christe 1:18£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. War Requiem: xvi. Offertorium - Sed signifer Sanctus 1:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. War Requiem: xvii. Offertorium - "So Abram rose, and clave the wood" 3:22£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. War Requiem: xvii. Offertorium - Hostias et preces tibi 2:39£0.69  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. War Requiem: xix. Sanctus - Sanctus 7:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. War Requiem: xx. Sanctus - "After the blast of lightning from the East" 3:33£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. War Requiem: xxi. Agnus Dei - "One ever hangs where shelled roads part" Agnus Dei 3:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. War Requiem: xxii. Libera Me - Libera me 8:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. War Requiem: xxiii. Libera Me - "It seemed that out of battle I escaped" 2:50£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. War Requiem: xxiv. Libera Me - " 'None', said the other" 6:49£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. War Requiem: xxv. Libera Me - "Let us sleep now?" In paradisum 4:26£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. War Requiem: xxvi. Libera Me - Requiescant in pace 1:15£0.69  Buy MP3 

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For his first LSO Live recording, Gianandrea Noseda is joined by three of today s most widely acclaimed singers for a magnificent performance of Benjamin Britten s choral masterpiece. Premiered 50 years ago on 30 May 1962, the 'War Requiem' was commissioned for the re-dedication of Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed by bombing raids during the Second World War. Using the Latin mass of the dead, interspersed with texts by war poet Wilfred Owen, Britten, a pacifist and conscientious objector, created a work that both mourned the dead and pleaded the futility of war. The 'War Requiem' was to become one of the defining choral works of the 20th Century. Gianandrea Noseda was the first foreign Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg and over the past decade his reputation in the opera house and concert hall has blossomed. He regularly conducts the LSO, as well as many of the world s other great orchestras, and is Music Director of the Teatro Regio in Turin. Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside and Sabina Cvilak perform regularly in the world s leading opera houses and are renowned for their performances in Britten s music. The LSO and LSC have both enjoyed long relationships with the composer and appeared on the first recording of the 'War Requiem', conducted by Britten himself.


Celebrating its half century on May 30, Britten s great antiwar oratorio is arguably the only modern classic of its kind to have found the widest audience and increasing critical acclaim. This live recording, from the Barbican Hall last October, was to have been conducted by the LSO s president , Colin Davis, but the demands of the work proved a deterrent to the now 84-year-old conductor. (At the first performance, in Coventry Cathedral, Britten baulked at tackling the whole work himself, opting for the lesser challenge of conducting the chamber ensemble that accompanies the tenor and baritone settings of Wilfred Owen s searing war poems.) Noseda proves a more than worthy substitute, easily encompassing the dramatic scale of the work with its operatic Latin choruses the liturgical text led by a hieratic high priestess soprano. Although LSO forces did not perform at the world premiere, Britten chose them for his iconic recording with the three soloists, Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, for whom he tailor-made their parts. The Slovenian soprano Sabina Cvilak has a bright, silvery penetrating timbre. Ian Bostridge s tenor is as individual and idiosyncractic as Pears s in its own way. Simon Keenlyside, too, is magnificent, while the two choirs relish their grateful, inspiring music. --Hugh Canning, CLASSICAL CD OF THE WEEK, Sunday Times, 15 April 2012

CD of the Week Noseda proves to be more than a worthy substitute [for Sir Colin Davis], easily encompassing the dramatic scale of the work ... Ian Bostridge s tenor is as individual and idiosyncratic as Pears s --Sunday Times (UK)

Noseda offers an account rich in drama and is excellent at knitting together the Latin sections to commentary on war, forging a sense of momentum and cohesion ... Noseda paces the music perfectly, drawing playing and singing of great beauty from his forces ... this performance is incredibly moving and as fine a modern account as one could wish for ... no other orchestra can boast such a pedigree in this work on disc --International Record Review (UK)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good War Requiem but ... 22 Sep 2013
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The War Requiem is made up of an imaginative setting of the Latin Requiem Mass along with songs that set some great war poetry. That the Latin parts owe a debt to Verdi is not the point for their function is surely more conceptual than truly religious. They form a framework for the settings of poems and it is in these that Britten is most clearly inspired to move us. It is where they colour and "leak into" the mass settings that the Latin passages gain real power.

This live account presents the Latin parts very effectively indeed - the chorus is excellent and there are a number of exciting moments - but perhaps with too much of a separation from the poetry settings. With the songs the results are less perfect and they can sometimes sound reduced almost to the extent of playing a sort of recitative role. All three singers sing well but two of them are clearly not as strong as others have been in this work. Ian Bostridge has a lovely voice and is very experienced in singing Britten but on this hearing his tone is sometimes a little thin, grey or light for this work. More strength is needed, I think. At the same time he seems unable to ascape from the shadow of Peter Pears. Some of his phrasing owes much to Pears and yet fails to carry the same passion and meaning. Perhpa he will do better with Pappano when his version is issued. Simon Keenlyside's voice is also attractive enough but is very light and lacks richness. Particularly when the two sing together, one is particularly aware that more can be made of these songs and that better teams have recorded this great work. I am happier with Sabina Cvilak's voice. Her pure tone and perfect tuning rise out of, and ride on, the overall sound in a way that the two men mostly fail to do.

So a good account and I am happy to have it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An even better recording than the original 14 May 2012
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I own the original recording, part-conducted by Britten himself, and was initially skeptical about this new one. I must admit I was astounded by how great it is. The Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings a great amount of emotive italianate expression and richness to the music which works perfectly with this work and the soloists are perfectly matched. Mix this in with the ever-powerful LSO and the result is a winning recording. Listen to 'Move him into the Sun' and you'll see what I mean... A must-buy in my opinion. Loving the cover image too...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding recording 8 May 2012
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I've had a copy of Britten's own recording of his War Requiem for about 10 years. I've probably only played it on a couple of occasions, but I know its a great recording all the same. In the space of two days I've listened to this new recording twice as many times. Whereas the Britten is solemn and obviously heartfelt, Noseda's reading is electrifying and as a result it packs more of an emotional impact. The quality of the performance and recording is outstanding. Bostridge is at his absolute finest and Noseda brings flair and precision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's Britten 22 May 2012
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What a stunning rendition of Britten's War Requiem! I am so glad the LSO have decided to release this recording as it is such an important piece of music and fully deserves the care and attention the players, soloists and conductor give it. I am a huge fan of this orchestra and it is SUCH a pleasure to be able to hear them on disc. Being able to analyse their playing is a real bonus. I witnessed this performance live in concert in the Barbican and what a joy it is to be able to re-live over and over again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An epic recording 29 Jun 2012
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A definite collector's item, a "must-have". I urge you to take the time to sit and listen intently to this music. Remember, if you must, that this is not background music as played to bedazzle supermarket trolley pushers. Endeavour to listen and learn, to soak up the whole experience: commit to the music and the performance. If you at first don't really understand, then you are far from being alone, but do persist and come back to your listening . . . and feeling.

More than just music, this is a total experience. Bought from Amazon and delivered in "record" time at the right price.
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