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4.0 out of 5 stars A vital historical document for Britten collectors, 19 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Britten: War Requiem Op. 66 (Audio CD)
I originally downloaded this performance from iTunes a couple of months ago and the sound is, frankly, filthy; had I known a Testament re-mastering was on the way I would have held off but ... For that reason, I didn't just jump in and order this since the BBC broadcast is the only original available and the iTunes version more or less renders it unlistenable, however, I had the opportunity of hearing a friends copy last evening and the difference is remarkable..

Testament have done an amazing job, yes, it's very dry mono sound but the voices are faithfully captured and they have done a great job with the sound in general & particularly in the 'silences' where the iTunes download is a mass of loud hiss. The tubular bells at the very opening still sound as though they the are sited right beside the radio mike and are very loud. Pears & Dieskau will probably never be bettered and this recording is a real tribute to Heather Harper who really sounds 'inside' the soprano part; a real achievement considering the short time she had to prepare for the premiere.

This is, then, a basic but reasonable sound record of a remarkable and historic occasion and essential for all Britten collectors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Britten War Requiem, 21 Jan 2014
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Chosen for historical interest rather than quality of performance and recording.. Choral part not as good as some performances I have heard. Owen poems - amazing performances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening, 15 Jan 2014
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Having performed and listened to the War Requiem,this fills an essential gap in my understanding of this composer's life and work.
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