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5.0 out of 5 stars An even better recording than the original
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...
Published on 14 May 2012 by musiclover

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3.0 out of 5 stars A good War Requiem but ...
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...
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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. But other accounts that I know - Britten's (with peerless soloists) and Hickox and Rilling - all seem to provide stronger and more moving experiences with a greater sense of the centrality of the war poetry songs.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An even better recording than the original, 14 May 2012
This review is from: Britten: War Requiem (Audio CD)
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's Britten, 22 May 2012
This review is from: Britten: War Requiem (Audio CD)
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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