Atlanta Symphony Plays Britten's 'War Requiem'

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Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, Robert Spano conducts Britten's "War Requiem," a work that was at once a personal reflection on pacifism and a monumental choral statement. Completed in 1962, the work combines the Latin Mass for the Dead with texts by English poet Wilfred Owen, who himself was killed in action just a week before the end of World War I.

The performance features a trio of experienced Britten interpreters — baritone Stephen Powell, tenor Thomas Cooley and soprano Evelina Dobracheva — as well as the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Cooley steps in for Anthony Dean Griffey, who has cancelled due to illness (scroll down for the full artist lineup).

Spano earned high marks for a semi-staged performance of Britten's Peter Grimes at the Aspen Music Festival last July. While this "War Requiem" may be late for the recent Britten centenary year, it should be well worth the wait.

  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
    Robert Spano, Music Director and Conductor
  • Evelina Dobracheva, Soprano
  • Thomas Cooley, Tenor
  • Stephen Powell, Baritone
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
    Norman Mackenzie, Director
  • Brooklyn Youth Chorus
    Dianne Berkun-Menaker, Artistic Director
Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Britten's 'War Requiem' at Carnegie Hall

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