Notes & Reviews:
How does one compose in the turmoil? What does one write on the roads to exile? The 14-18 collection draws a musical picture of the Great War years, thanks to recordings of both the erudite and popular musical pieces that emerged at a time when all art seemed pointless but could bring comfort nonetheless, for a concert or an evening, to civilians and soldiers of Belgium and beyond. First volume of this collection: Georges Antoine's chamber music. The soldier musician (as Vincent d'Indy called him) enlisted as a volunteer in August 1914. Sent to the front, his health deteriorated rapidly and he was discharged in May 2015. He settled in Bretagne, where he composed music and arranged concerts. In September 1918, still sick, he voluntarily went back to the front. Transferred to La Panne, his health worsened and he died at Bruges on 15 November 1918. Most of his works were composed during the war years.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
All of this is brought out with polish and drama by Oxalys and recorded with great warmth and clarity. The program is on the short side. It is well worth owning.