Magazine article Gramophone

'Flowers of the Field'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Flowers of the Field'

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'Flowers of the Field' G Butterworth A Shropshire Lad--Rhapsody Finzi Requiem da camera (a) Gurney The Trumpet (b) Vaughan Williams An Oxford Elegy (c)

(a) Roderick Williams bar (b) Jeremy Irons spkr (abc) City of London Choir; London Mozart Players / Hilary Davan Wetton

Naxos [B] 573426 (61' * DDD * T)

The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has not gone unmarked in the record industry. In the clamour of new releases I hope that this thoughtful collage of English works for chorus and orchestra doesn't get lost.

Hilary Davan Wetton conducts the City of London Choir and the London Mozart Players in a programme whose chief interests are 'premiere' recordings of Finzi's Requiem da camera and Ivor Gurney's chorus-song The Trumpet--new performing editions and reconstructions by Christian Alexander and Philip Lancaster respectively. These are framed by Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad rhapsody and Vaughan Williams's An Oxford Elegy.

Both new editions have their challenges; Lancaster must imagine an orchestral sound world Gurney barely discovered for himself, while Alexander must exceed the merits of the original Philip Thomas orchestration, so memorably captured on the Hickox recording (Chandos, 3/92). …

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