Editorial for November 2013

Published on November 1, 2013

DeccaLogoDecca Records has donated three copies of the three-disc BENJAMIN BRITTEN: War Requiem for our November drawing, celebrating the Britten Centenary. One disc is a Blu-ray audio-only version of the 96/24 stereo remastering from the original 1963 tapes of Britten conducting the soloists, Melos Ensemble and London Symphony in his moving work, using poetry of the WWI casualty Wilfred Owen. The latest techniques and extensive comparison with the LPs and later remasterings have been used in the transfer from the originals. The second disc is a CD version and the third is titled “Rehearsing the War Requiem.”  (We will also review the album this month.) To be eligible, just register this month via our simple non-intrusive form, and we won’t share your email address. The three winners will be listed in this space next month.

Here are the seven lucky winners of last month’s Mack Avenue Records giveaway. Each one will  be receiving a different new double-disc audiophile vinyl release by either Christian McBride (2), Gary Burton, Kenny Garrett, Stanley Jordan, Kevin Eubanks or the Yellowjackets: Joy Adams, Jeremiah KY; Chris Harriott, Bloomfield NJ; Michael Lloyd, Plainfield IL; Patricia Cardettino, Schenectady NY; Jim Dukey, Oakland CA; Terry Hirsch, Thompsons Stations TN; Brandon Laster, Akron OH


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