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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding commitment, 7 Feb. 2014
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A. McGuire "Alec McGuire" (Leeds, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Britten: War Requiem (Audio CD)
This is a recording of a live performance, but there is hardly any audience noise. What there is, in abundance, is the sense of drive and commitment that turns a good performance into a great one. The soloists are affected by what they are singing, and are working hard to bring it to life - something in which they succeed magnificently. If you can listen to this and not be affected, then you haven't got a soul.
On a technical note, the recording engineers haven't been tempted to interfere with the volume. If the singing is pp, we hear pp; but if the singing is ff, then we get ff,, and that is rare enough to be worth noting and congratulating them for. I have several recordings of this work, this one stands alongside Britten's own, and technically maybe surpasses it. It certainly puts all other modern recordings into the shade.
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