Review: Choir & Organ
ON A Mulitiude of Voices (Chris Watson, Sospiri)
The war poetry of 1914-18 burned away grandeur in an alembic of pity. These modern settings of verse by Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas and Charlotte Mew (by David Bednall), Guillaume Apollinaire (by Frank Ferko), Ivor Gurney (by Richard Allain) and August Stramm (by John Duggan), among others, restore something of that quality to the experience.
This may run counter to consensus about the war, and about war in general, but it’s a refreshing corrective. Cecilia McDowall’s Standing As I Do Before God reflects on Edith Cavell’s death; Susanna Fairbairn and Sospiri deliver it with exquisite simplicity and unforced grace. These are amateur voices, in the main, just as the conscripts of 1916 were not professional soldiers. It’s a fitting match.
Choir & Organ Magazine – March 2015
Notes to Editors
Choir & Organ Magazine
Choir & Organ is the leading independent magazine for all professionals and amateurs in the choral and organ worlds – whether you are an organist, choral director or singer, organ builder, keen listener, or work in publishing or the record industry, Choir & Organ is a must-read wherever you live and work.
Every two months our expert contributors bring you beautifully illustrated features on newly built and restored organs, insights into the lives and views of leading organists, choral directors and composers, profiles of pioneering and well-established choirs, and topical coverage of new research, festivals and exhibitions. In keeping with our commitment to music at the cutting edge, we commission a new work from a young composer in every issue, making the score freely available for download and performance.
Our international news and previews, with breaking stories, key awards and forthcoming premieres, combine with reviews of the latest CDs, DVDs and sheet music, and listings of recitals, festivals and courses, to keep you up to date with events and developments around the world.
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