Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten – Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013) [FLAC 24 bit, 96 kHz]

Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten - Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013) [FLAC 24 bit, 96 kHz] Download

Artist: Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten
Album: Britten: War Requiem
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 1963/2013
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 96 kHz
Duration: 01:21:21
Total Tracks: 19
Total Size: 1,64 GB

Tracklist:

01. London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten & The Bach Choir & London Symphony Chorus & Highgate School Choir & Melos Ensemble & Simon Preston – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Requiem aeternam-“Requiem Aeternam” (05:54)
02. Benjamin Britten & London Symphony Chorus & Melos Ensemble & The Bach Choir & London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Peter Pears – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Requiem aeternam-“What Passing Bells For These Who Die As Cattle?” (03:39)
03. The Bach Choir & Benjamin Britten & London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae-“Dies irae” (03:38)
04. Melos Ensemble & Benjamin Britten & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae-“Bugles Sang, Saddening the Evening Air” (02:34)
05. London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten & The Bach Choir & Galina Vishnevskaya & London Symphony Chorus – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae-“Liber Scriptus Proferetur” (02:56)
06. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Sir Peter Pears & Benjamin Britten & Melos Ensemble – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae-“Out There, We’ve Walked Quite Friendly Up To Death” (01:56)
07. Benjamin Britten & The Bach Choir & London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae-“Recordare Jesu Pie” (04:49)
08. Benjamin Britten & Melos Ensemble & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & London Symphony Orchestra – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae-“Be Slowly Lifted Up” (01:51)
09. London Symphony Chorus & The Bach Choir & Benjamin Britten & London Symphony Orchestra – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae-“Dies Irae” (01:13)
10. London Symphony Chorus & Benjamin Britten & Galina Vishnevskaya & The Bach Choir & London Symphony Orchestra – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae-“Lacrimosa Dies Illa” (01:54)
11. London Symphony Chorus & Sir Peter Pears & The Bach Choir & Melos Ensemble & Galina Vishnevskaya & London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae-“Move Him Into the Sun” (04:50)
12. Benjamin Britten & The Bach Choir & Melos Ensemble & Simon Preston & Highgate School Boys’ Choir & London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Offertorium-“Domine Jesu Christe” (03:32)
13. Melos Ensemble & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Benjamin Britten & London Symphony Orchestra & The Bach Choir & Highgate School Choir & London Symphony Chorus & Simon Preston & Sir Peter Pears – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Offertorium-“So Abram Rose, and Clave the Wood” (06:10)
14. London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus & The Bach Choir & Benjamin Britten & Galina Vishnevskaya – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Sanctus-“Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus” (06:01)
15. Melos Ensemble & Benjamin Britten & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Sanctus-“After the Blast Of Lightning From the East” (03:49)
16. Sir Peter Pears & London Symphony Chorus & Benjamin Britten & Melos Ensemble & London Symphony Orchestra & The Bach Choir – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Agnus Dei-“One Ever Hangs Where Shelled Roads Part” (03:39)
17. London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra & The Bach Choir & Benjamin Britten & Galina Vishnevskaya – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Libera me-“Libera me, Domine” (07:36)
18. Benjamin Britten & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Sir Peter Pears & Melos Ensemble – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Libera me-“It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped” (09:35)
19. Benjamin Britten & Galina Vishnevskaya & London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Peter Pears & London Symphony Chorus & Highgate School Boys’ Choir & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & The Bach Choir & Melos Ensemble – Britten: War Requiem, Op.66 / Libera me-“Let Us Sleep Now…In Paradisum” (05:36)

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“DECCA has used the most recent digital and Cedar technology to improve the original sound, under the overall supervision of veteran technician James Lock. This is one of the great performances of recording history.” Over half a century has passed since this classic DECCA recording was made in Kingsway Hall, London in January 1963. While the performance remains a benchmark, time has left the original analogue master tapes more fragile than ever. For this Britten centenary edition, DECCA has gone back to the original tapes and used the latest techniques and extensive comparison with the earliest LP pressings and subsequent remasterings, to make a definitive transfer. For the first time ever, all audio processing has been achieved in the 96 kHz 24-bit domain. The Studio Master HighRes-Download affords an unprecedented opportunity to hear the recording at this resolution.Neither advances in recording technology nor the incendiary performances of modern conductors can supplant this recording… [Britten’s] tempos, accents, and phrasing are perfect… (Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare)

…[an] iconic recording… Who but Pears could have intoned ‘Strange Meeting’ with such spectral eeriness? Who has ever matched the furious authority of Fischer-Dieskau’s ‘Be slowly lifted up’? Listening again reminds of just how extraordinary Vishnevskaya’s voice was, too: darkly voluptuous with a core of steel. Her anguished cry of ‘Lacrimosa’ has lost none of its visceral power. Britten succeeded, too, in evoking that spine-tingling burst of stratospheric sound from the Highgate boys choir which hardly sounds human. His incandescent commitment to pacifism and horror at the failure of humanity blazes forth… Britten wanted real terror, real hysteria from the singers, and he got it.’ (Helen Wallace, BBC Music Magazine)

‘What can be said about Britten’s War Requiem that hasn’t already been said? That it is brilliantly composed, endlessly fascinating and profoundly affecting? That it is lyrically heartrending, musically heartbreaking and emotionally devastating? That it is the single most persuasive setting of the Requiem text of the 20th century? That is the single most compelling reason to be a pacifist that’s ever been put to music? It’s all been said before.

What can be said about Britten’s own recording that hasn’t already been said? That the soloists – soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, tenor Peter Pears and baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – are not only three of the great singers of the 20th century and the creators of their parts but for all intents and purposes definitive? That the Bach Choir, the London Symphony Orchestra Chorus and especially the Highgate School Choir are absolutely magnificent and unbearably moving? That the Melos Ensemble and the London Symphony Orchestra are altogether wonderful and overwhelmingly powerful? That John Culshaw’s production was in its time and remains in our time as vivid as life and immediate as death? That Britten’s conducting is, without a doubt and beyond all argument, unsurpassable? It’s all been said before.

What can be said that hasn’t already been said is that this particular release of the War Requiem includes about 50 minutes in 11 separate cues of Britten’s rehearsals for the recording. These rehearsals don’t add anything to the work or the performance but they do allow the listener to hear Britten create the performance, sometimes note by note, and thereby allow the listener to hear the work with much greater clarity. For those who already own one of the previous releases of this recording, this might not seem like a compelling reason to pick up this release. But for anyone who deeply love the work and the composer, the rehearsals will be fascinating listening.’ (James Leonard, All Music Guide)

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