Britten War Requiem DVD

Cat No:
01 - 11 - 2012

Britten War Requiem DVD

Erin Wall (soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Hanno Muller-Brachmann (baritone), City of Birmingham Chorus, Youth Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Britten's War Requiem 50th Anniversary Live recording from Coventry Cathedral 30 May 2012. One of the most powerful pacifist statements in music, Britten's immensely moving War Requiem was first performed in 1962 in the newly consecrated Coventry Cathedral, built alongside the ruins of the old cathedral, which were left as a sombre reminder of the wartime bombings. 50 years to the day, Britten's masterpiece returned to the cathedral, performed, as at the premiere, by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists from three once warring nations.

Britten War Requiem

Running Time: 1 hr 37 min
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)

Also on Blu-ray (108070)

'This DVD documents a deeply moving performance of War Requiem given in Coventry Cathedral on the exact anniversary of its first performance there fifty years earlier. The performance, under the inspired direction of Andris Nelsons, is superb in every way and the solo contributions of Mark Padmore and Hanno M�ller-Brachmann are outstanding.' (Recording of the Year MusicWeb International)
'It was a highly emotional event in every way. All performers were magnificent, and young conductor Andris Nelsons leads with total control. At the soft, almost inaudible conclusion of the work there is total silence for at least two minutes...a moving episode indeed. Video and audio are state-of-the-art. Even if you own other recordings of Britten's masterpiece, you should investigate this issue.' (
'The orchestral sound is well judged, combining atmospheric resonance with the right amount of clarity...The CBSO forces, orchestra and chorus alike, make handsome amends for the shambles reported at the premiere.' (Gramophone)
'genuinely revelatory - especially the almost mechanical oppressiveness he brought to the Dies Irae, and the extraordinary opening chorus of the final Libera Me, which moved remorselessly from slithering, rustling pianissimos to a cataclysmic climax.' (The Guardian)