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Home Page for November 2013

Home Page for November 2013

Our November drawing/giveaway again is unusual: It is for three copies of the new Decca hi-res remastering of Benjamin Britten’s original conducting of his own very moving War Requiem in 1963, with Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears and Fischer-Dieskau as soloists. Gramophone called it “one of the most magnetic performances of British music ever put on record.” The original tapes have been carefully remastered to a 96K/24-bit PCM stereo Pure Audio Blu-ray, as well as to a standard CD, plus a second CD on the rehearsing of the work. Here is our review of it. To be eligible, all you need do is register on our simple form this month; we will not share your email address with anyone. The three lucky winners will be announced on our Editorial Page next month, and you’ll find more details on our November Editorial Page. Our 15 Christmas/holiday disc reviews are now up in the Features section!

Home Page for November 2013

Editorial for November 2013

Decca 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 […]