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Bliss's Morning Heroes

David Temple conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra and Hertfordshire Chorus in pieces commemorating the unsung heroes of war. Presented by Ian Skelly.

Ian Skelly presents a concert recorded on Saturday evening at the Watford Colosseum. Ben Johnson is the soloist in Britten's Ballad of Heroes, a heartfelt objection to the sacrifice and horror of war, and first performed just five months before the decalaration of yet another great war in September 1939. Gurney must have longed for the peace of rural Gloucestershire when he was serving at the front in WW1; as was Bliss, who dedicated his Morning Heroes to his brother 'and all other Comrades killed in battle.'

Britten Ballad of Heroes

Gurney A Gloucestershire Rhapsody


Bliss Morning Heroes

Ben Johnson (tenor)
Samuel West (narrator)
Hertfordshire Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra
conductor David Temple

2 hours, 28 minutes

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