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Decca have done Britten, and one of their genuinely iconic recordings, proud. Newly remastered, this 50-year-old recording sounds as if it were made yesterday. The work fits handily onto a single CD, with the invaluable rehearsal extracts taking up the second disc. Best of all is an audio Blu-ray of the performance which, for those with the set-up, provides studio quality of blistering power and definition. It is touching that such an important, moving document has been restored to such a level.

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