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Britten: War Requiem [Original recording remastered]

Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, Benjamin Britten Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 May 2006)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000E6EGXM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Requiem aeternam - "Requiem Aeternam"Simon Preston 5:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Requiem aeternam - "What Passing Bells For These Who Die As Cattle?"Melos Ensemble 3:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae - "Dies irae"The Bach Choir 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae - "Bugles Sang, Saddening the Evening Air"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 2:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae - "Liber Scriptus Proferetur"Galina Vishnevskaya 2:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae - "Out There, We've Walked Quite Friendly Up To Death"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 1:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae - "Recordare Jesu Pie"The Bach Choir 4:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae - "Be Slowly Lifted Up"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 1:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae - "Dies Irae"The Bach Choir 1:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae - "Lacrimosa Dies Illa"Galina Vishnevskaya 1:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae - "Move Him Into the Sun"Galina Vishnevskaya 4:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Offertorium - "Domine Jesu Christe"Simon Preston 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Offertorium - "So Abraham Rose, and Clave the Wood"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 6:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Sanctus - "Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus"Galina Vishnevskaya 6:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Sanctus - "After the Blast Of Lightning From the East"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 3:510.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Agnus Dei - "One Ever Hangs Where Shelled Roads Part"Melos Ensemble 3:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Libera me - "Libera me, Domine"Galina Vishnevskaya 7:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Libera me - "It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 9:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Libera me - "Let Us Sleep Now...In Paradisum"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 5:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 - Requiem Aeternam (Rehearsal)Simon Preston 7:181.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 - Dies Irae (Rehearsal)Galina Vishnevskaya 9:461.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 - Dies Irae (Rehearsal)Galina Vishnevskaya 2:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 - Dies Irae (Rehearsal)Galina Vishnevskaya 4:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 - Offertorium (Rehearsal)Simon Preston 8:221.09  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 - Sanctus (Rehearsal)Galina Vishnevskaya 6:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 - Sanctus (Rehearsal)Galina Vishnevskaya0:170.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 - Agnus Dei (Rehearsal)The Bach Choir 1:040.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 - Libera Me (Rehearsal)Benjamin Britten 1:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 - Libera Me (Rehearsal)Galina Vishnevskaya 5:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 - Libera Me (Rehearsal)Galina Vishnevskaya 3:160.79  Buy MP3 


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2CD London S.O./Britten

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115 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL REMAINS THE BEST 22 Aug 2006
By Klingsor Tristan VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This was the piece of music that first really turned me on to classical music, listening to the very first performance from Coventry Cathedral on a small tranny radio. What I failed to realise then was that this massive impact was achieved by brilliant structural simplicity.

The whole work is effectively a study on the tritone, the 'diabolus in musica', that most disturbing and unstable of intervals. From the bells at the start to the harmonically ambiguous endings of the first and second movements and of the entire work; from the alternating tonics of the boys' Te Decet Hymnus to the alternating tintinnabulations of the soprano's Sanctus; from the fanfares of the Dies Irae to the two halves of the tenor's ineffable Dona Nobis Pacem at the end of the Agnus Dei. All these and countless other examples revolve around or grow out of the tritone. And what better musical image for war could there be than those two most irreconcilable notes in the scale?

Then, of course, there is the inspired concept of juxtaposing the hieratic incantations of the Latin Mass for the Dead with the burning anger of Wilfred Owen's First World War poems. There are, in fact, three tiers of performers in the War Requiem - the boys' choir and chamber organ, objective and dissociated in the distance; the soprano, chorus and orchestra singing the Latin Mass at, as it were, the centre of things; and the tenor and baritone with the chamber orchestra delivering Owen's bitter poems in the intimate and confidential foreground. The different perspectives of these three groups are a vital aspect of any performance and are ideally realised by producer, John Culshaw (of Golden Ring fame) and his team on this premiere recording.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Colin Fortune VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The review by Klingsor Tristan is spot on and he is right to be so enthusiastic. The work itself has a claim to be one of the greatest works composed in the 20th Century and the searing commitment of all the performers in this first recording is almost palpable. The latest remastering eliminates almost all hiss and exposes clearly some of the remarkable quiet scoring of the work as well as delivering speaker-shaking cataclysmic Decca sound in sections like the "Dies Irae." The murmuring choral crescendo in the "Sanctus" is the best achieved on disc. Quite wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spell binding recording 27 Mar 2011
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I first heard this recording 30 years ago, and for a long time had a LP recording. On recently downloading the Decca remaster, it has lost none of its appeal. It is in fact astonishing, listening to this recording, that it was recorded 39 years ago. The sound quality is amazing and the remaster just makes it bristle even more. There have been a number of more recent recordings, most notably with Simon Rattle in charge - but if you want to appreciate this piece you have to listen to it with the original "cast" for whom it was written - Vishnevskaya, Fischer-Dieskau and of course Peter Pears, with the composer in charge. It is almost a misnomer to title the piece "War Requiem" (and I hesitate to write this) - it is in fact a brilliant musical critique of the futility of war. And in so doing it provides a wholly new insight to the Latin text of the Requiem Mass, particularly in the Sanctus. The piece is inspirational and at the same time deeply disturbing - and that is surely how Britten meant it to be. I lived in Coventry for a while and often go back to the Cathedral. I cannot walk round without thinking of this music. I was astonished to read that this original recording sold 200,000 copies in a few weeks of original issue. Take the phone off the hook, find some top quality headphones and prepare to be amazed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still as superb as ever, after all these years. 10 Dec 2012
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As a music lover and audiophile from a young age, I can recall clearly the tears running down my face and the poignancy of those feelings and emotions of empathy experienced in the 1960's, when, despite being very short of money I could not resist purchasing Britten's War Requiem on this brilliant Decca recording and heard the composer's magnificent and moving music, then newly written, and, soon after, so beautifully recorded on vinyl records for the first time.
With the passing of many years, this remastered transfer to CD (which is now obtainable at an extremely low price) moves me even more,especially as we still learn daily of more slaughter still happening in the world we live in. I am also moved not only in remembrance of the stunning accomplishment of the original musical performers, but also in respect for, and in considerable admiration of the remarkable sound quality achieved by those amazing Decca engineers of yesteryear. Having regard to the ease within which the large musical forces involved are so comfortably contained in this outstanding recording, it is not surprising in the least, that the particularly wide ranging and opulent sound on the original recordings, and now on these CDs, continues to impress so much. I have no reservations whatsoever in suggesting that these particular discs deserve to be regarded as both landmark performances and recordings, and, as such, merit inclusion in any serious collection of recorded music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As expected
It came the next day - undamaged and it was the recording I wanted - what more can I say!
Published 1 month ago by sarah welton
5.0 out of 5 stars Britten War Requiem
A favourite of my husband's who thinks this is still the best version. We only had it on tape before.
Published 1 month ago by mrs i e gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Britten's War Requiem
An amazing, but very uncomfortable piece of music, difficult to sing as well as to listen to, but a lot to think about afterwards.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Audrey L Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars An Iconic Recording
There is plenty for others to add in new recordings but the original is priceless. The addition of the recording of the rehearsals is quite revealing too: interesting to hear... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. A. R. Boyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Britten: War Requiem
This is the original Britten version with the composer himself conducting and hence it is a classic. I have no hesitation in recommending it.
Published 3 months ago by RAY GOODBURN
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
I thought I'd like this, as I played it many years ago - but I don't - it's kind of cold
Published 5 months ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic performance
A fine update to the defining recording of one of the great works of the 20th century, excellent value as well
Published 6 months ago by Mark Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars The original!
Great to have the original line up of performers. No Britten fan should be without this recording of a work rarely performed.
Published 8 months ago by H COPPERTHWAITE
3.0 out of 5 stars Britten's War Requiem (Decca) - where was Galina Vishnevskaya ?
I heard Galina singing an excerpt from Britten's Requiem on the BBC, yet when I obtained the set (via Amazon), I was sadly disappointed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ken Finlayson
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultmate recording.
This is the first recording of Brittens "War Requiem", and it has got an authencity, that is unique. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Erik H. A. Jakobsen
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