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  • Performer: Lynda Russell, Thomas Randle, Michael Volle
  • Orchestra: Edinburgh Cathedral Choir, Scottish Festival Chorus
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000149X
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2005
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A great deal of careful planning has gone into this production. The work calls for a separate boys' choir and chamber orchestra in addition to the main forces, and the need to convey a sense of space has been taken very seriously. Apparently no church in all Scotland was considered large enough, and the recording was finally done in a converted large workshop at the site of the old Harland and Wolff shipyard in Clydebank, only half a mile from our family home when I was a boy. I find the result outstandingly successful. The sense of space and distance must surely have been what Britten was after, and it needs to be played at a high volume setting. This will not blow you out of the room or disturb the neighbours - Britten's Requiem is a much quieter piece in general than not only Verdi's but even Mozart's. Britten takes the text that Verdi took including the Libera me prayer from the graveside service and adds the In paradisum set by Faure although not by Verdi, and intersperses it with poems by Wilfred Owen. Despite the length of the text there is comparatively little repetition of words, and the overall duration of the work is only roughly similar to Verdi's.
For all the traditional text, this is not a traditional Requiem as even Verdi's was although he had little in the way of religious conviction. Owen's poems are the spiritual core of the War Requiem, the liturgical text serving as background. When the poet asks 'All death will He annul?' I sense that Britten's answer is 'Not likely'. Creation will not rise again to answer to any judge, and what we destroy stays destroyed.
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The Naxos version of Britten's War Requiem, although a "budget" edition is superb. The rich textures of the music and various vocal ensembles are unobtrusively evident. The balance is about perfect... all can be heard clearly and the atmosphere of this extremely powerful and highly emotive music is faithfully delivered. If you've never heard the War Requiem this is a good introduction at a very nice price. I'd still say the best version is the Rattle / CBO edition, but experiencing it live is overwhelming.
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This is an exceptionally fine recording of Britten's great humanitarian masterpiece at a ludicrously low price. Fine performances all round and a luminous sound quality that allows the singers room to breathe. The boys choir could do to be a tad better defined in the sound picture but for the price this is an unbeatable recording that deserves a place in your collection.
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Sonically excellent, but compared to the Britten and even Rattle recordings it feels a little rushed in places, which I found removed some of the brevity and depth of the piece. It's also a little noisy (coughs and scrapes) which while unavoidable with forces this large, makes the sometimes rather abrupt cuts and edits very audible. On the other hand, it is a decent recording at almost a quarter of the price of the Britten orignial.
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