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Britten: War Requiem

London Symphony Chorus, Sir Peter Pears

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War Requiem, Op.66 / Requiem aeternam  
1
"Requiem Aeternam"
London Symphony Chorus
5:55
2
"What Passing Bells For These Who Die As Cattle?"
Sir Peter Pears
3:40
War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae  
3
"Dies irae"
London Symphony Chorus
3:38
4
"Bugles Sang, Saddening the Evening Air"
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
2:35
5
"Liber Scriptus Proferetur"
Galina Vishnevskaya
2:57
6
"Out There, We've Walked Quite Friendly Up To Death"
Sir Peter Pears
1:57
7
"Recordare Jesu Pie"
London Symphony Chorus
4:49
8
"Be Slowly Lifted Up"
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
1:51
9
"Dies Irae"
London Symphony Chorus
1:13
10
"Lacrimosa Dies Illa"
Galina Vishnevskaya
1:54
11
"Move Him Into the Sun"
Sir Peter Pears
4:50
12
"Domine Jesu Christe"
Highgate School Boys' Choir
3:33
13
"So Abram Rose, and Clave the Wood"
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
6:10
14
"Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus"
Galina Vishnevskaya
6:01
15
"After the Blast Of Lightning From the East"
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
3:50
16
"One Ever Hangs Where Shelled Roads Part"
Sir Peter Pears
3:40
17
"Libera me, Domine"
Galina Vishnevskaya
7:36
18
"It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped"
Sir Peter Pears
9:36
19
"Let Us Sleep Now...In Paradisum"
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
5:37
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:21:22
"... one of the greatest achievements of the classical recording world."
- Audiophile Audition

"... this Britten recording has an irreplaceable page in the annals of this wonderful and profoundly moving work ... the work and this superb recording, definitive in so many ways, speak to us as powerfully today as it ever did."
- MusicWeb International

"It set a daunting example for the recordings that came afterward, particularly for sopranos who try to channel Galina Vishnevskaya's shrill fervor, or tenors who emulate Peter Pears's diction."
- Los Angeles Times

Over half a century has passed since this classic 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 re-release in 2013, engineers went 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.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Decca Music Group Studio Masters

Producer: John Culshaw
Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
Recording Location: Kingsway Hall, London, 3–5, 7, 8 & 10 January 1963
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd
Chamber Organ Built by Noel Mander
Remastered by Philip Siney with High Resolution PRISM analogue to digital converters and CEDAR noise reduction at 96kHz 24-bit
Original analogue tapes transferred by Graham Meek at British Grove Studios, February 2013

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