6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I attended the first performance of this work and had friends in the choir. Not a good performance, but a wonderful memory. Subsequently I have heard many renderings and own the recording conducted by Britten. Andris Nelsons and the CBSO have given us another memorable event to treasure, with the setting enhancing rather than detracting from the music.
Two soloists are replacements - I had been looking forward to hearing Thomas Quasthoff in the bass role - but both surpassed my expectations. The cathedral acoustic is notoriously tricky and the placing of choir and orchestra facing the altar seems to work well. Nelsons achieved a long and moving silence at the end of the work… Read more