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'The Soldier': 'From Severn to Somme'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Soldier': 'From Severn to Somme'

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'The Soldier' 'From Severn to Somme' Butterworth Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad No 1, Loveliest of trees; No 2, When I was oneand-twenty; No 3, Look not in my eyes; No 5, The lads in their hundreds; No 6, Is my team ploughing? Faure Les berceaux, Op 23 No 1 Finzi Channel Firing Gurney Black Stitchel. In Flanders. Severn Meadows Ireland We'll to the woods no more--No 2, In boyhood Ives Three Songs of War--No 2, He is there! Mahler Revelge. Wo die schonen Trompeten blasen Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death--The Field-Marshal Poulenc La courte paille--No 7, Lune d'avril Somervell A Shropshire Lad--No 6, On the idle hill of summer; No 7, White in the moon the long road lies; No 8, Think no more, lad, laugh, be jolly; No 9, Into my heart an air that kills Schumann Die beiden Grenadiere, Op 49 No 1. Der Soldat, Op 40 No 3 Wolf Gedichte von Eduard Morike--No 5, Der Tambour Christopher Maltman ten Joseph Middleton pf Sigum (F) SIGCD592 (74' * DDD * T/t)

A year after Ian Bostridge's 'Requiem: The Pity of War' (11/18), here comes another British singer with a moving commemorative song programme. Both Bostridge and Christopher Maltman feature George Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad but the baritone dots his selection of five of them around a programme that he imaginatively splits into four parts, not by composer (as Bostridge does) but according to stations in a typical soldier's life.

The programme is rooted in English song, where Maltman has proved so at home ever since the release of his debut album two decades ago, but he shows his versatility by including songs in three additional languages (not to mention a burley American accent for Ives's 'He is there! …

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