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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: War's Embers

Nash Ensemble

Nash Ensemble

Marking 100 years since Armistice was declared, the Nash Ensemble explores powerful chamber music written both before and after World War I.

The Nash Ensemble presents a snapshot of two defining moments in Britain’s history: a country in the early throes of war and the aftermath of that conflict. It’s a portrait of emotional struggle, from Elgar’s 1914 Sospiri, a heartfelt and tender adagio for strings, to Vaughan Williams’ Romance – also dated to around 1914 – a delicate fragment that exploits the lamenting tones of the viola. 

With Frederick Delius’ lilting and optimistic Air and Dance of 1915; Arthur Bliss’ post-war portrait of a bustling and vibrant society, from ‘The Ballroom’ to the ‘Tube at Oxford Circus’; and Gurney’s song cycle, a love letter to the English countryside, this programme is also testament to resilience in the face of fear.

Recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3

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