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BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers

BBC SO, BBC Singers and soloists, conducted by Gergely Madaras, in music that honours those who care for the war-injured. Works by Ravel, John Adams and Ross Harris.

BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and soloists, conducted by Gergely Madaras, in music that honours those who care for the war-injured. Works by Ravel, John Adams and Ross Harris.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Recorded at the Barbican Hall on Saturday 28 April.

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

John Adams: The Wound-Dresser#

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

INTERVAL MUSIC

Ross Harris: Face - Symphonic Songs and Choruses UK Premiere*

Marie Arnet (soprano)*
James Way (tenor)*
Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)*#
BBC Singers*
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Gergely Madaras (conductor)

Ralph Vaughan Williams, like Maurice Ravel, was too old to serve in the First World War but he volunteered as a stretcher bearer while the Frenchman drove munitions lorries behind the lines, putting himself in extreme danger. Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin remembers friends killed in the First World War.

John Adams's 'The Wound Dresser', for baritone and orchestra, sets words by Walt Whitman, who tended the battle-wounded in the American Civil War, while Ross Harris's 'Face' celebrates the work of fellow New Zealander, the plastic surgeon Harold Gillies, who pioneered facial reconstruction during the First World War in London, and contributed to the rehabilitation of thousands of servicemen. Face, with a libretto by Vincent O'Sullivan, is scored for solo and choral voices with orchestra.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau de Couperin

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gergely Madaras.
  • John Adams

    The Wound-Dresser

    Singer: Marcus Farnsworth. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gergely Madaras.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gergely Madaras.
  • André Caplet

    Panis angelicus

    Performer: Nathalie Geoffroy. Performer: Zoltán Tóth. Performer: Fabrice Pierre. Performer: Jean-Charles Fregosi. Singer: Hanna Schaer. Choir: Lyons National Opera Chorus. Conductor: Bernard Tétu.
    • Universal Classics.
  • Arthur Bliss

    Pastoral for clarinet and piano

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Pierre Vellones

    Lettre du Front

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Robin Tritschler.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Ross Harris

    Face

    Singer: Marie Arnet. Singer: James Way. Singer: Marcus Farnsworth. Choir: BBC Singers. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gergely Madaras.
  • Mark Simpson

    Ariel

    Ensemble: Mercury Quartet.

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