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Britten: War Requiem

London Symphony Orchestra

Britten: War Requiem

...raw emotion
UNI177 (Decca)
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1
Requiem Aeternum: "Requiem Aeternam"

Requiem Aeternum: "Requiem Aeternam"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
05:55 Play
2
Requiem Aeternam: "What Passing Bells..."

Requiem Aeternam: "What Passing Bells..."

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
03:40 Play
3
Dies Irae: "Dies irae"

Dies Irae: "Dies irae"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
03:38 Play
4
Dies Irae: "Bugles Sang, Saddening the Evening Air"

Dies Irae: "Bugles Sang, Saddening the Evening Air"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
02:35 Play
5
Dies Irae: "Liber Scriptus Proferetur"

Dies Irae: "Liber Scriptus Proferetur"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
02:57 Play
6
Dies Irae: "Out There, We've Walked Quite Friendly..."

Dies Irae: "Out There, We've Walked Quite Friendly..."

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
01:57 Play
7
Dies Irae: "Recordare Jesu Pie"

Dies Irae: "Recordare Jesu Pie"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
04:49 Play
8
Dies Irae: "Be Slowly Lifted Up"

Dies Irae: "Be Slowly Lifted Up"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
01:51 Play
9
Dies Irae: "Dies Irae"

Dies Irae: "Dies Irae"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
01:13 Play
10
Dies Irae: "Lacrimosa Dies Illa"

Dies Irae: "Lacrimosa Dies Illa"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
01:54 Play
11
Dies Irae: "Move Him Into the Sun"

Dies Irae: "Move Him Into the Sun"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
04:50 Play
12
Offertorium: "Domine Jesu Christe"

Offertorium: "Domine Jesu Christe"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
03:33 Play
13
Offertorium: "So Abram Rose, and Clave the Wood"

Offertorium: "So Abram Rose, and Clave the Wood"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
06:10 Play
14
Sanctus: "Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus"

Sanctus: "Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
06:01 Play
15
Sanctus: "After the Blast Of Lightning..."

Sanctus: "After the Blast Of Lightning..."

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
03:50 Play
16
Agnus Dei: "One Ever Hangs Where Shelled Roads Part"

Agnus Dei: "One Ever Hangs Where Shelled Roads Part"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
03:40 Play
17
Libera me: "Libera me, Domine"

Libera me: "Libera me, Domine"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
07:36 Play
18
Libera me: "It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped"

Libera me: "It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped"

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
09:36 Play
19
Libera me: "Let Us Sleep Now..."

Libera me: "Let Us Sleep Now..."

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Benjamin Britten
Band London Symphony Orchestra
05:37 Play
Total Running Time 81 minutes
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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 96kHz 24-bit domain.

This album is licensed for download from Decca. 

Download includes - cover art, booklet
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Peter Pears

Peter Pears

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During the night of 14 November 1940, the 14th-century St Michael's Cathedral in the centre of Coventry was almost completely destroyed by the bombs the Luftwaffe rained down on the city during the Coventry blitz. The same night, more than 4,000 homes were destroyed, along with three-quarters of the city's factories. Benjamin Britten, a conscientious objector, was living as an exile in America at the time. Twenty-two years later, a new cathedral, designed by architect Basil Spence on a site directly adjacent to the ruins of the original, was consecrated, and on 30 May 1962, Britten's War Requiem, commissioned for the occasion, was premiered.

The War Requiem is a masterpiece of the deepest emotional and moral depth. It is also an enormous contraption of musical ingenuity. For some people the two things simply don't go together, and it has always been a controversial work, with a feeling (unjustified as far as I am concerned) that its authenticity is fatally compromised by this professional gloss, as well as by its popularity. Britten's extraordinary facility as a composer was, early on, felt to be akin to heartlessness or lack of profundity, and his homosexuality and his conscientious objector status in the second world war, after his return from America in 1942, only added to the mainstream suspicion that he was a rum cove, not to be trusted, outside the emotional or social mainstream. The commission to write a piece for Coventry was a measure of how central as a creative artist he had become, despite this difficult history. But the public appeal of the work - the LP sold more than 200,000 copies - created renewed suspicion among highbrow critics and even disconcerted the composer himself.

Looking at Britten's development over the period between his earliest masterpieces and his middle style, what is striking is the conscious choice he made to become more austere and less overtly, less flamboyantly engaged. The rebelliousness of Our Hunting Fathers, an anti-war, almost anti-politics song cycle of 1936, co-conceived with WH Auden; the raw emotion and scintillation of the Rimbaud cycle for voice and string orchestra Les Illuminations; the melodic passion of the Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, written for and performed by the composer and his lover at the Wigmore Hall on 23 September 1942 (the day the Russian counter-attack at Stalingrad commenced and gassings began at Auschwitz) - these gave way to the subtler inflections of operas such as Billy Budd and the Turn of the Screw.

For the Requiem, however, Britten turned outwards once again, employing techniques he had honed over the previous decade in the creation of a musical engine harnessed to his greatest public passion - his pacifism. As he told friends at the time, it wasn't, for him, the music that mattered on this very public occasion but the message, a striking sentiment from such a peerless and deep-dyed musician.

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