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Flowers of the Field - Works of Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Gurney, Butterworth / Roderick Williams, bar.; Jeremy Irons, narrator; City of London Choir; London Mozart Players; Wetton

Album Summary

>Butterworth, George : A Shropshire Lad
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Requiem Da Camera
>Gurney, Ivor : The Trumpet, for chorus & orchestra
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : An Oxford Elegy for narrator, small chorus & small orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composers
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Notes & Reviews:

Music by four English composers affected by the carnage of World War I. Includes the first recording of works by Gerald Finzi and Ivor Gurney

The Guardian, 29th October 2014
This version [of the Requiem da Camera], intelligently paced by Hilary Davan Wetton with Roderick Williams as the matchless baritone soloist, is a significant addition to the Finzi catalogue...it's the Finzi especially that makes the disc so worthwhile.

Financial Times, 8th November 2014
To mark Remembrance Day this disc collects works by English composers affected by the first world war. Unlike their compatriot poets, the composers responded with uniformly elegiac feelings.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
Irons makes an understated reader for An Oxford Elegy...He is deftly supported by the London Mozart Players, whose wind solos throughout the disc are especially fine. The only blot on this pastoral landscape are the chorus, who lack the vocal youth and energy so crucial to this collection of young men's music.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This is said to be the first-ever recording of The Trumpet and I'm pleased to have heard it. There's good Finzi too. Still, this one is quite good, and I admire baritone Roderick Williams, who sings the music about as well as it's possible to sing it.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
This is an unusual and moving programme...[Finzi's] Masefield and Hardy settings, less mature than Dies Natalis, remained unperformed in his lifetime, but Davan Wetton and excellent soloists Roderick Williams find real depth in them...An Oxford Elegy, though, is the major work here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (07/11/2014-07/12/2014).



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Works Details

>Butterworth, George : A Shropshire Lad
  • Conductor: Hilary Wetton
  • Ensemble: City of London Choir
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (07/11/2014-07/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Requiem Da Camera
  • Conductor: Hilary Wetton
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (07/11/2014-07/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1924

>Gurney, Ivor : The Trumpet, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Hilary Wetton
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (07/11/2014-07/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : An Oxford Elegy for narrator, small chorus & small orchestra
  • Conductor: Hilary Wetton
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (07/11/2014-07/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1947-1949