Flowers of the Field | Naxos 8573426

Flowers of the Field

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573426

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 3rd November 2014

Contents

Artists

Roderick Williams (baritone)
Jeremy Irons (narrator)
City of London Choir
London Mozart Players

Conductor

Hilary Davan Wetton

Works

Butterworth, George

A Shropshire Lad: Rhapsody for Orchestra

Finzi, Gerald

Requiem de Camera

Gurney, Ivor

The Trumpet

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

An Oxford Elegy

Artists

Roderick Williams (baritone)
Jeremy Irons (narrator)
City of London Choir
London Mozart Players

Conductor

Hilary Davan Wetton

About

These composers were all affected by the carnage of World War I, and their elegiac music expresses regret and lost innocence, love won and lost, sacrifice and death.

George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad, conceived as an epilogue to his Housman song cycles, encapsulates the poet’s sense of life’s transience. Ivor Gurney was both shot and gassed in 1917, and The Trumpet pleads with mankind to set aside the folly of war.

Heard here in a new completion, Gerald Finzi’s Requiem da Camera mourns the death of his mentor Ernest Farrar and those of other fallen artists, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s An Oxford Elegy recalls lost friends with an intense and magical nostalgia.

World Premiere Recordings of Finzi's Requiem and Gurney's The Trumpet.

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