Britten: War Requiem - Britten

Britten: War Requiem - Britten

Decca Classics  4785433


Classical - Vocal

Britten: War Requiem

Galina Vishnevskaya, soprano
Peter Pears, tenor
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Bach Choir
Melos Ensemble
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Benjamin Britten

The definitive audio version of Brittens iconic masterpiece, presented with original artwork in an innovative new package. Newly remastered from the original tapes, War Requiem is offered on a single 81-minute CD. But excitingly, it is additionally offered herewith in a Blu-Ray Audio fomat, which permits the recording to be heard at 24-bit.

Enthusiasts will be further delighted to have published here a CD featuring Britten in rehearsal at the sessions in January 1963. Producer John Culshaw wired up the Kingsway Hall with microphones and later presented a Limited Edition of 1 copy to Benjamin Britten on the occasion of his 50th Birthday. For musicians, choral singers, would-be conductors and those interested in Britten the musician, this offers exceptional insights into what made him such an outstanding director of music.

The accompanying booklet offers full sung texts and a new essay on War Requiem by film maker Christopher Palmer, while Britten scholar Donald Mitchell tells the story of how Decca came to record Britten in rehearsal. Photographs from the Britten archive, session photographs and more besides are included in the generous 76-pager, making this truly a definitive presentation of the ultimate reference recording of this masterpiece.

Photographs from the Britten archive including original Rehearsal LP labels and sketches. Session photographs and unique images detailing the remastering process

Christopher Palmer liner notes and Donald Mitchell s article A Curious Story: The Recording of Britten in Rehearsal translated into French and German.

Full sung texts in Engish, French and German

Presented with original artwork

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 new blu-ray disc format, in particular, affords an unprecedented opportunity to hear the recording at this resolution.

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Analogue recording
Resolutions (3)
  • 2.0 Dolby TrueHD 24bit/96kHz
  • 2.0 DTS HD MA 24bit/96kHz
  • 2.0 LPCM 24bit/96kHz

1xBlu-ray + 2xCD