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Flowers of the Field / Wetton, London Mozart Players


Release Date: 11/11/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573426   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George ButterworthGerald FinziIvor GurneyRalph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Hilary Davan Wetton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart PlayersCity of London Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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. 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. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth
Conductor:  Hilary Davan Wetton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, UK 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Requiem Da Camera by Gerald Finzi
Conductor:  Hilary Davan Wetton
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, UK 
Length: 22 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
The Trumpet, for chorus & orchestra by Ivor Gurney
Conductor:  Hilary Davan Wetton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Choir
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, UK 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Oxford Elegy by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Hilary Davan Wetton
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1949; England 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, UK 
Length: 21 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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