Walton Henry V Suite George Butterworth A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody for Orchestra Parry The Chivalry of the Sea Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending Elgar The Spirit of England
City of London Choir Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Hilary Davan Wetton conductor Claire Rutter soprano Clio Gould violin
This quintessentially British programme reveals the responses of five great composers to the trauma of two world wars. Contrasting with Walton’s stirring film score of 1944, Vaughan Williams’ hymn to the English countryside and Butterworth’s darkly prophetic tone poem provide a poignant backdrop for powerful elegies by Elgar and Parry to “the glorious dead” of WWI.
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