It is difficult to recall a year in which all of Europe was able to go to bed without the fear of war or local fighting. Ever the so-called Pax Romana (Roman Peace, from the time of Christ until the end of the second century A.D.) faced the continual threat of skirmishing. Centuries later, medieval monks chanted their evening prayer before retiring to bed: O Lord, save us from the dreaded Viking! Later still, knights fought for a living, hoping to gain instant fame and wealth when capturing others for ransom. If wars were not immediately available to the locals, deadly tournaments were held. Fighting became so pervasive that the medieval church forbade knights to fight each other during Lent, Advent, and harvest time. Even though warfareRead more has now become increasingly mechanized, history shows that modern technology has no monopoly on either cruelty or efficient killing. Year after year witnessed families suffering losses of beloved ones for reasons they scarcely comprehend. Some artists have been swept up by the swell of nationalism and idealism, and have glorified the incredible bravery of individual soldiers or the nationalistic spirit of the troops. Still others have written music simply to encourage troops and those praying for their safety. Although usually less visible during the heat of war, some artists has also spoken out against the glorification of warfare, and insisted on drawing relentless attention instead to the unbelievable wastage of unromanticized war. Several so-called 'world wars' have affected us so profoundly that we annually pause as a nation to commemorate those who died fighting in this century on both sides of the engulfing conflicts. We also pause to remember silently the countless civilians - the old, the women, and the children - who paid dearly for being born in the wrong place at the wrong time. Those who think seriously on these matters also pause to give thanks that we live in a land enveloped by that most rare world commodity, peace. Chor Leoni is perhaps a small mirror of Canada itself, for it includes men whose relatives have served in the military, as well as men whose relatives were conscientious objectors to war and performed alternate service; men whose ancestors fought when require, and men whose ancestors were required to flee the arenas of fighting. Side by side, we sing together of both war and peace, whether our friends now in Canada were once drafted to support the Allied cause, or to support Germany or Japan; whether they fought in Vietnam or instead came to Canada. And though we are called a 'Choir of Lions' and sing of a least one 'lion' (Ferdinand of Spain), we also sing of the olive tree, of love, of those who have fallen or those fearing death, and of those praying and working for peace. - J.Evan Kreider This item was formerly available on the Skylark label (SKY9501), which has now been discontinued. Read less
Works on This Recording
For the Fallenby Douglas Guest Conductor:
Period: 20th Century Written: 1971; England
In Flanders Fieldsby Charles Ives Conductor:
Period: 20th Century Written: 1917; USA
The Minstrel Boyby Traditional Conductor:
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Fine ChoirFebruary 22, 2014By Christopher M. (Marion, OH)See All My Reviews"As the owner of several of their discs, I can say with some confidence that Chor Leoni is more than just manly men singing manly songs. The tone is controlled and refined and the repertoire varied."Report Abuse
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