Britten Pears War Requiem

Benjamin Britten's 90 minute masterpiece The War Requiem is a large-scale, non-liturgical setting of the Requiem, performed for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral.


Traditional Latin texts are interspersed, with settings of poems by Wilfred Owen, written in World War I. A chamber orchestra accompanies the English poetry, while soprano, choirs and orchestra are used for the Latin sections.