Premiered in 1962, the War Requiem is one of the twentieth century's defining works. Britten was commissioned to write it for the re-dedication of Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed during the Second World War. Interspersing the Latin mass of the dead with texts by war poet Wilfred Owen he created a work that both mourned the dead and pleaded the futility of war.
CD of the Week ‘Noseda proves to be more than a worthy substitute [for Sir Colin Davis], easily encompassing the dramatic scale of the work … Ian Bostridge’s tenor is as individual and idiosyncratic as Pears’s’ Sunday Times (UK)
‘Noseda’s unashamedly dramatic interpretation held the audience transfixed. It was all so vivid … an overwhelming evocation of the grief, the waste and the pity of war’
The Times (UK)
‘Noseda marshalled the finest War Requiem that I have heard. He showed total control of Britten’s vast structure … The performance was also an acutely expressive rendition of a piece that is too often handled as a technical tour de force’ The New Yorker (US)
James Mallinson producer; Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson ; for Classic Sound Ltd, balance engineers; ; High resolution recording, live at the Barbican in October 2011 ; Stereo and multi-channel 5.0