Britten War Requiem Vishnevskaya/Pears/Fischer-Die

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war requiem
(+ rehearsal)
Vishnevskaya/Pears/Fischer-Dieskau
Bach Choir/Melos Ensemble/
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Benjamin Britten
Int. Release 06 Mar. 2006
2 CDs / Download
2 CDs 475 7511 dor2 Decca ADD


Track List

CD 1: Britten: War Requiem

Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
War Requiem, Op.66

Requiem aeternam

London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Highgate School Choir, Melos Ensemble, Simon Preston, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Peter Pears, Melos Ensemble, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Dies Irae

London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Melos Ensemble, Benjamin Britten

Galina Vishnevskaya, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Melos Ensemble, Benjamin Britten

London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Galina Vishnevskaya, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Offertorium

Peter Pears, Galina Vishnevskaya, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Highgate School Boys' Choir, Simon Preston, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Pears, Highgate School Choir, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Simon Preston, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Sanctus

Galina Vishnevskaya, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Melos Ensemble, Benjamin Britten

Total Playing Time: 54:30

CD 2: Britten: War Requiem

Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
War Requiem, Op.66

Agnus Dei

Peter Pears, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Libera me

Galina Vishnevskaya, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Melos Ensemble, Benjamin Britten

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Pears, Galina Vishnevskaya, Highgate School Boys' Choir, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

The Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, Highgate School Choir, Simon Preston, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Galina Vishnevskaya, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Galina Vishnevskaya, John Culshaw, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Galina Vishnevskaya, The Bach Choir, Highgate School Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, Highgate School Choir, Melos Ensemble, Simon Preston, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

10.
0:00
6:14

Galina Vishnevskaya, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, The Bach Choir, Highgate School Choir, London Symphony Chorus, The Melos Ensemble Of London, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

11.
0:00
0:17

Galina Vishnevskaya, Benjamin Britten

12.
1:04

Peter Pears, John Culshaw, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, The Melos Ensemble Of London, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

13.
0:00
1:10

John Culshaw, Benjamin Britten

14.
0:00
5:19

Galina Vishnevskaya, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

15.
0:00
3:16

Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, The Bach Choir, Highgate School Choir, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Preston, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Total Playing Time: 1:15:54

. . . [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.

This is one of the great performances of recording history.

This is such a rich work and the rehearsal extract with Britten coaxing the performers, is a real bonus.