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The Somme Remembered

Live from Milton Court Concert Hall in London, a concert in which the BBC Singers commemorate one of the bloodiest battles of World War One: the Somme. Presented by Martin Handley.

The Somme Remembered: BBC Singers commemorate one of the bloodiest battles of World War 1.

Live from Milton Court Concert Hall
Presented by Martin Handley

Daniel Saleeb: For the Fallen
Gurney: 5 Elizabethan Songs
Cecilia McDowall: Standing as I do before God
Gabriel Jackson: Am Abend
Hindemith: Der Tod; Traumwald from Melancholie
Holst: Ode to death
Ravel: Trois Chansons; 'Prelude' from Le Tombeau de Couperin
Butterworth: 'Is my team ploughing' from A Shropshire Lad; Suite for String Quartet, first movement
Judith Bingham: An Ancient Music

Plus readings from letters, diaries and poetry from the First World War.

Samuel West, reader
BBC Singers
The Carducci Quartet
Richard Pearce, piano
Paul Brough, conductor

The Battle of the Somme, the five-month offensive recognised as one of the bloodiest campaigns of the First World War, took place 100 years ago this summer. Tonight's concert reflects on that terrible battle and its catastrophic human cost, in words and music from both sides of the war and in pieces by composers of our own time.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Daniel Saleeb

    For the Fallen

    Ensemble: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • Ivor Gurney

    5 Elizabethan Songs

    Music Arranger: Iain Farrington. Ensemble: BBC Singers. Performer: Richard Pearce. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    Standing as I do before God

    Ensemble: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • Gabriel Jackson

    Am Abend

    Ensemble: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • Paul Hindemith

    Der Tod

    Ensemble: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • Paul Hindemith

    Melancholie: iv) Traumwald

    Performer: Emma Tring. Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet.
  • Gustav Holst

    Ode to Death

    Ensemble: BBC Singers. Performer: Richard Pearce. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • George Butterworth

    A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Halle.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Rigaudon (Le tombeau de Couperin)

    Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia.
    • Bizet/Faure/Ibert/Ravel: City of London Sinfonia/Hickox.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 9.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Trois Chansons

    Orchestra: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau de Couperin: Prelude

    Performer: Richard Pearce.
  • George Butterworth

    'Is my team ploughing?' from A Shropshire Lad

    Performer: Andrew Murgatroyd. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • George Butterworth

    Suite for String Quartet: i) Andante con moto

    Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet.
  • Judith Bingham

    An Ancient Music

    Ensemble: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Brough. Narrator: Samuel West. Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Movements from Le Tombeau de Couperin

    Performer: Steven Osborne.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Singers

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