Most Grand to Die

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Listen to a clip from James Rutherford’s new recording

Baritone James Rutherford performs a collection of songs by composers connected with the First World War with pianist Eugene Asti. The recording, on the BIS label, was given five stars in current issue of BBC Music Magazine.

Our critic Michael Scott Rohan wrote ‘Norwich-born James Rutherford won international attention when he won Seattle’s International Wagner Competition, and has since sung Hans Sachs at Bayreuth… Gurney’s In Flanders is hauntingly pathetic… A very worthwhile recital.’

Audio clip: from Ivor Gurney's 'In Flanders'

Most Grand to Die
George Butterworth: Bredon Hill
George Butterworth: O fair enough are sky and plain
George Butterworth: When the lad for longing sighs
George Butterworth: On the idle hill of summer
George Butterworth: With rue my heart is laden
Ivor Gurney: Songs from the Trenches (In Flanders, Severn meadows, Even such is Time, By a bierside)
George Butterworth: Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad (Loveliest of trees, When I was one-and-twenty, Look not in my eyes, Think no more, lad, The lads in their hundreds, Is my team ploughing?)
Ivor Gurney: The Twa Corbies
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
Ivor Gurney: Sleep

James Rutherford (baritone), Eugene Asti (piano)
BIS-SACD-1610 79:07 mins