Sospiri: A Multitude of Voices


Choral repertoire for remembrance, performed by Sospiri and Christopher Watson.

About this release

The project was conceived to add substantially to the choral repertoire for remembrance, and to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war with a collection that offered a broader view of the war, reaching beyond the dichotomy of war is noble/war is hell. Composers were asked to look outside the poetical canon and consider texts by women, neglected poets and writers in languages other than English, resulting in a collection of personal responses to texts that the composers picked themselves.

  • Three Songs Of Remembrance - 1914 IV: The Dead (Rupert Brooke) - David Bednall
  • Three Songs Of Remembrance - Lights Out (Edward Thomas) - David Bednall
  • Three Songs Of Remembrance - May, 1915 (Charlotte Mew) - David Bednall
  • Standing As I Do Before God (Seán Street-Edith Cavell) - Cecilia McDowall
  • Trois Chansons De Guerre - La Grace Exilée (Guillaume Apollinaire) - Frank Ferko
  • Trois Chansons De Guerre - Les Feux Du Bivouac (Guillaume Apollinaire) - Frank Ferko
  • Trois Chansons De Guerre - L'Adieu Du Cavalier (Guillaume Apollinaire) - Frank Ferko
  • The Empty Page (Wilfred Owen & John Duggan) - John Duggan
  • If I Live (Tom Kettle) - Colin Mawby
  • As It Was (Edward & Helen Thomas) - John Duggan
  • Pain (Ivor Gurney) - Richard Allain
  • Urtod (August Stramm) - John Duggan
  • Rain (Edward Thomas) - Alexander L'Estrange
  • Sentinel (Edward Thomas-Isaac Rosenberg) - Francis Pott
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Production Credits

Soprano Susanna Fairbairn

Cover Image Geoff J Harris
Photography Various
Engineering Andrew Mellor
Editing John Duggan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Andrew Mellor, John Duggan, Christopher Watson
Creative Director John Duggan
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded 2014
Venue St John the Evangelist, Oxford
Total Duration 62 mins
Catalogue number CR026