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Britten: War Requiem - Christine Goerke (soprano); Richard Clement (tenor); Richard Stilwell (baritone); Maryland Boy Choir (choir, chorus);...
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  1. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66
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Comparisons between a landmark first recording and those that follow it may be inevitable, but they need not be invidious. Since Benjamin Britten's classic rendition of his War Requiem, Op. 66, set an incredibly high standard, it seems unlikely that others could match it. Yet this remarkably controlled but powerful and ultimately moving performance by the Washington Chorus and Orchestra, the Shenandoah Conservatory Choir, and the Maryland Boy Choir, conducted by Robert Shafer, is almost on the mark. Shafer no doubt has ...