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Britten: War Requiem / Giulini, New Philharmonia Orchestra
Benjamin Britten, Carlo Maria Giulini, Stefania Woytowicz
Britten: War Requiem / Giulini, New Philharmonia Orchestra
Genre: Classical
 
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All Artists: Benjamin Britten, Carlo Maria Giulini, Stefania Woytowicz, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Melos Ensemble, Hans Wilbrink
Title: Britten: War Requiem / Giulini, New Philharmonia Orchestra
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: BBC Legends
Original Release Date: 1/1/1969
Re-Release Date: 11/28/2000
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Early Music, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 684911404623
 

CD Reviews

Guilini and Britten - anoutstanding combination!
John N. Taylor | Palm Desert, CA, USA | 11/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I grew up with the Britten version of this magnificent work - which has to be one of the greatest of the 20th Century.

I was not aware of Guilini's interest until I read the insert of the recording. With him in control of the main orchestra, soprano and chorus snd Britten,himself, in control of the chamber orchestra snd tenor/baritone soloists - it is a overwhelming combination!

Better than the Composer's original?? I actually think so - especially as it is a live recording, and all the tension that that generates. It is difficult to escape the excitement generated by the excellent soloists. May be the Soprano and Baritone are not quite as good - but the ensemble and the overall feel is inescapable. As for Peter Pears - - I think he surpasses his performance in the original recording.

If I only had to have one recording of this 20th Century Masterpiece - it would be this one.

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Great performance but listen before buying
Jason Holtzapple | Phoenix, AZ USA | 11/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a wonderful performance, but the audience noise does get distracting several times. If this might bother you, sample the recording before buying it. It's annoying enough for me to knock off one star."
Britten: War Requiem
isaiah | 06/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's a long time since I listened to this work. I was struck, especially in the "Libera me" just how graphic is its account of war. Unlike Verdi, here we have a descrtiption of, literally, the last day for those involved in battle. The music makes it clear, at least for me, that we are on the battlefield - WW1, D-Day( I listened on 4th June) or Iraq. The fear is the fear of death, not some religious meditation on the afterlife; it's the end of life. I think Giulini's performance brings this out vividly. Who cares about less than perfect recording? This performance challenges the intellect."