James Rutherford: Most Grand to Die | BIS BISSACD1610

James Rutherford: Most Grand to Die

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BISSACD1610

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th July 2012

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James Rutherford, with Eugene Asti at the piano, here records his first disc for BIS, presenting a programme of works from composers all influenced greatly by the First World War.

George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad takes texts from A E Housman’s poems of young men facing death.

Vaughan Williams turned to poems by Robert Louis Stevenson for his Songs of Travel, a set of nine songs in which the wanderer-narrator philosophically accepts the mixture of joys and sorrows offered to him along the road.

Gurney – the youngest of the three composers – was also a poet, and in Severn Meadows expressed his longing for home in both text and music. Severn Meadows was composed during Gurney’s time in the trenches.

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