Britten - Kurt Masur, Christine Brewer, Anthony Dean Griffey, Gerald Finley, London Philharmonic Orchestra And London Philharmonic Choir - War Requiem album
Baritone Vocals – Gerald Finley. Choir – London Philharmonic Choir, Tiffin Boys’ Choir. Composed By – Benjamin Britten. Conductor – Kurt Masur. Conductor, Chorus Master – Neville Creed. Conductor – Simon Toyne. Engineer – Eleanor Thomason. Britten's setting of poetry by Wilfred Owen and from the Ordinary of the Requiem Mass in Latin. Surround Sound . This SACD will only play on SACD and certain DVD players. Recorded in 24bit at 4. kHz.
Benjamin Britten War Requiem. Kurt Masur conductor Neville Creed conductor (chamber orchestra) and chorus master Christine Brewer soprano Anthony Dean Griffey tenor Gerald Finley baritone London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir Boris Garlitsky leader (chamber orchestra) Pieter Schoeman leader (symphony orchestra) Tiffin Boys' Choir Simon Toyne conductor (Tiffin Boys' Choir).
Album · 2006 · 20 Songs. War Requiem, Op. 66: Requiem Aeternam: Requiem Aeternam. Christine Brewer, Neville Creed, Gerald Finley, London Philharmonic Choir, Kurt Masur, Tiffin Boys' Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Anthony Dean Griffey. 2. 66: Requiem Aeternam: What Passing-bells.
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kurt Masur. Composer: Benjamin Britten. Audio CD (July 25, 2006). Gerald Finley does not disappoint. Far from it, he present us with perhaps the finest recorded performance to date of the baritone solos in the War Requiem. Fischer-Dieskau's performance is well known and properly admired, but I've always thought that some of the praise of his somewhat mannered singing related to the sense of occasion surrounding the first recording of the work in the wake of its first performances in Coventry Cathedral. I've cherished the original Britten recording since it first appeared, but for sheer vocal beauty and interpretative insight,.
Christine Brewer (soprano), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Gerald Finley (baritone); Tiffin Boys’ Choir; London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra/Kurt Masur, Neville Creed. Directing it all, Kurt Masur is intellectually in control right from the start, but it is only really in the Agnus Dei and Libera me that I felt that he had won the battle for hearts as well as minds. Choosing a single all-round recommendation is hard. The composer’s own recording is, of course, uniquely authoritative, though soprano Galina Vishnevskaya’s wild vibrato and paint-blistering fortissimo aren’t easy to take in large doses
Benjamin Britten Composer. Kurt Masur Conductor. Christine Brewer (sop). Anthony Dean Griffey (ten). London Philharmonic Choir. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Tiffin School Boys' Choir. Selected comparisons. BRITTEN Choral and Orchestral Works. Christine Brewer sings the soprano part with an expected sense of awe but something of late has happened to her upper register to make her high notes discolour uncomfortably, a serious drawback. Try Woytowicz (Giulini) and you’ll hear what’s missing here. Anthony Dean Griffey’s diction, most definitely American in flavour, sometimes seems mannered in its inflections and he doesn’t match the interpretative heights of Pears (Britten and Giulini) or Langridge (Hickox).
Unlike the other dedicatees, he survived the war but committed suicide in June 1959, two months before his wedding. LPO: Christine Brewer, Anthony Dean Griffey, Gerald Finley; London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Tiffin Boys' Choir; Kurt Masur, conductor (2005). Teldec: Carol Vaness, Jerry Hadley, Thomas Hampson; New York Philharmonic; Westminster Symphonic Choir, American Boychoir; Kurt Masur, conductor (1997).
Benjamin Britten, Christine Brewer, Anthony Dean Griffey, Gerald Finley, Tiffin Boys Choir, London Philharmonic Choir, Neville Creed.
Britten: War Requiem. Christine Brewer (soprano) Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor) Gerald Finley (baritone) London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir Kurt Masur (conductor). I think this is a fabulous performance and a fabulous SACD, recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in May 2005, with a stellar cast including baritone Gerald Finley. Resonant, splendid, exciting and inspiring. As it is live, there is some minor audience coughing thrown in the quieter moments of the Dies Irae (track 3). I, alas, don't have the famous Peter Pears Fischer-Dieskau 1963 version to compare with. but this rendition happily stands on its own feet, and I feel more than happy to recommend it on its own merits. It is also an intriguing release for other reasons.
|War Requiem Op. 66||(83:22)|
|2||What Passing-Bells For These Who Die As Cattle?||4:04|
|5||Liber Scriptus Profetur||3:24|
|6||Out There, We've Walked Quite Friendly Up To Death||1:41|
|9||Be Slowly Lifted Up, Thou Long Black Arm||3:07|
|11||Move Him Into The Sun||5:03|
|13||So Abram Rose, And Clave The Wood||6:32|
|16||After The Blast Of Lightning From The East||3:54|
|19||It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped||8:37|
|20||'Let Us Sleep Now...'||6:27|
- Copyright (c) – London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.
- Published By – Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd
- Made By – Sonopress Arvato
- Recorded At – Royal Festival Hall
- Artwork – Harrison + Co Creative
- Baritone Vocals – Gerald Finley
- Choir – London Philharmonic Choir*, Tiffin Boys’ Choir
- Composed By – Benjamin Britten
- Conductor – Kurt Masur
- Conductor [Chamber Orchestra], Chorus Master – Neville Creed
- Conductor [Tiffin Boys’ Choir] – Simon Toyne
- Engineer [Recording Engineer] – Eleanor Thomason
- Engineer [Technical Engineer] – Andrew Beer*
- Leader [Chamber Orchestra] – Boris Garlitsky
- Leader [Symphony Orchestra] – Pieter Schoeman
- Libretto By [Adapted From The Works Of] – Wilfred Owen
- Liner Notes [English] – David Matthews
- Liner Notes [German Translation] – Martina Gottschau
- Orchestra – London Philharmonic Orchestra*
- Photography By [Cover] – Joe Dilworth
- Producer – Andrew Walton , K&A Productions Ltd.
- Soprano Vocals – Christine Brewer
- Tenor Vocals – Anthony Dean Griffey
NotesBritten's setting of poetry by Wilfred Owen and from the Ordinary of the Requiem Mass in Latin.
Surround Sound 4.1 [also contains 2.0 stereo track, but not noted]
This SACD will only play on SACD and certain DVD players.
Recorded in 24bit at 44.1kHz.
Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 May 2005
(C) 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ltd
(P) 2006 London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ltd
28 page booklet containing libretto in Latin (with English translation) and English, with photos, liner notes and credits in English and German.
Disc matrix contains both mastering and mould SID codes but they are too dang small for me to read.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 5 060096 760108
- Rights Society: MCPS
- Matrix / Runout: [Sonopress logo] 51865636/LPOSA-0010 S 21
|LPO-0010||Britten* - Kurt Masur, Christine Brewer, Anthony Dean Griffey, Gerald Finley, London Philharmonic Orchestra* And London Philharmonic Choir*||Britten* - Kurt Masur, Christine Brewer, Anthony Dean Griffey, Gerald Finley, London Philharmonic Orchestra* And London Philharmonic Choir* - War Requiem (2xCD)||London Philharmonic Orchestra||LPO-0010||UK||2006|