Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): War Requiem, Op. 66. Anna Netrebko (soprano), Ian Bostridge (tenor), Thomas Hampson (baritone), Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor, Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; conductor: Antonio Pappano. From the Salzburg Festival. Britten composed his War Requiem to celebrate the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962. It has become one of the defining masterpieces of the twentieth century: a devastating meditation on the pity of war that's every bit as relevant today. "A musical interpretation inspired by such incredible dignity that it must go down in the Festival's history" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).