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Flowers of the Field: Vaughan Willams: An Oxford Elegy

Roderick Williams, Jeremy Irons, City of London Choir, London Mozart Players, Hilary Davan Wetton

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A Shropshire Lad – Rhapsody for Orchestra
George Butterworth; London Mozart Players; Hilary Davan Wetton
Requiem da Camera  
I. Prelude
Gerald Finzi; Christian Alexander; London Mozart Players; Hilary Davan Wetton
II. How still this quiet cornfield is to-night
Gerald Finzi; Christian Alexander; Natasha Harbinson; David Bagnall; City of London Choir; London Mozart Players; Hilary Davan Wetton
III. Only a man harrowing clods
Gerald Finzi; Christian Alexander; Roderick Williams; London Mozart Players; Hilary Davan Wetton
IV. We who are left
Gerald Finzi; Christian Alexander; Emily Tidbury; City of London Choir; London Mozart Players; Hilary Davan Wetton
The Trumpet
Ivor Gurney; Philip Lancaster; City of London Choir; London Mozart Players; Hilary Davan Wetton
An Oxford Elegy
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Jeremy Irons; City of London Choir; London Mozart Players; Hilary Davan Wetton
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    60:37
The composers on this album 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 encapsulates the poet’s sense of life’s transience. Ivor Gurney was both shot and gassed in 1917; The Trumpet, receiving its world premiere here, 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 other fallen artists and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s An Oxford Elegy recalls lost friends with an intense and magical nostalgia and features actor Jeremy Irons in a spoken role.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded in Henry Wood Hall, London, UK, on 11th and 12th July, 2014
Producer and editor: Andrew Walton (K&A Productions Ltd.)
Engineer: Mike Clements Publishers: Novello & Co., Ltd. (track 1); Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers, Ltd. (tracks 2-5); Philip Lancaster/Gurney Estate (track 6); Oxford University Press (track 7)
Booklet notes: Andrew Burn
Cover photograph by Rasica (Dreamstime)

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