Performer: Christopher Maltman, Joseph Middleton
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Size: 1.17 GB
01. Butterworth, G: Loveliest of Trees
02. Gurney: Black Stitchel
03. Somervell: On the Idle Hill of Summer
04. Butterworth, G: Look Not Into My Eyes
05. Mahler: Wo die Schoenen Trompeten Blasen
06. Fauré: Les berceaux, Op. 23 No. 1
07. Ives, C: He Is There!
08. Somervell: White in the moon the long road lies (No. 7 from A Shropshire Lad)
09. Gurney: Severn Meadows
10. Mahler: Revelge
11. Mussorgsky: Commander in Chief
12. Gurney: In Flanders
13. Somervell: Think No More Lad
14. Schumann: Die Beiden Grenadiere
15. Wolf, H: Der Tambour
16. Schumann: Der Soldat
17. Finzi: Channel Firing
18. Somervell: Into My Heart An Air That Kills (No. 9 from A Shropshire Lad)
19. Butterworth, G: When I Was One and Twenty
20. Butterworth, G: The lads in their hundreds
21. Butterworth, G: Is My Team Ploughing?
22. Poulenc: Lune d’avril
23. Ireland: In boyhood
From a programme devised by Christopher Maltman whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, this diverse collection of songs forms a coherent but flexible narrative that produces a touching memoire to all those affected by war.
One composer chosen for the record, George Butterworth, was a casualty of the First World War: in September 1915 he went to the trenches and was killed, aged 31, in the Battle of the Somme on 5th August 1916. The use of his composition, A Shropshire Lad, is touching in this instance. It gives the listener a more sensitive perspective of the loss in World War One, almost allowing the listener to see the faces of those who passed away, most of whom were young men from various parts of the country.