THE GREAT WAR
Ivor Gurney: The Dying Patriot; Everyone Sang; If We Return; In Flanders; In Memoriam, Easter 1915; I Heard a Soldier
Geraint Lewis: Four Songs of Rupert Brooke;
anonymous: I want to go home;
John Ireland: Four Songs of War
Geoffrey Kimpton: Winter Warfare
Margaret Wegener: The Cenotaph
John Ramsden Williamson: I Stood with the Dead; Before the Battle
Duncan Reid: I Did Not Lose my Heart
Dennis Wickens: Attack
Elaine Hugh-Jones: The End.
Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone)
Nigel Foster (piano)
Divine Art DDV24164 @ £9.25*
The long and vibrant tradition of art-song in England has seen many great composers from Finzi to Vaughan Williams, Gurney to Moeran and Warlock and countless more, supported for many years now by the English Poetry and Song Society (EPSS).
This is the third of four albums of live EPSS concert performances made by Dunelm for private use and now on general release due to demand; it contains works by major composers and also the seven excellent finalists in the EPSS competition of 2004. The concert commemorates the tragic victims of the 1914-8 war including poet/composer Ivor Gurney amongst others.
These EPSS recordings were made on portable recording equipment and with less than ideal microphone placement and are not to our usual modern standard. However they contain fine performances and many very unfamiliar and exquisite songs, which will delight any lover of late-Romantic vocal music.