Finzi, Gurney, Butterworth, Farrar

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COMPOSERS: Butterworth,Farrar,Finzi,Gurney
LABELS: Hyperion Dyad
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: War’s Embers
WORKS: Songs by Finzi, Gurney, Butterworth, Farrar,
PERFORMER: Browne & KellyMartyn Hill (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Michael George (bass), Clifford Benson (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CDD 22026 AAD 1987
If you enjoy English song, this set is a must. Michael Hurd explains in his excellent notes that the collection seeks to fill gaps; it also makes a compelling case for wider recognition. Many of these songs were composed by Ivor Gurney and receive devoted performances. These composers were involved in the Great War, and some

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of them failed to survive it, but the songs range across several decades. The singers are Britain’s best, and their excellence is matched by the accompaniments of Clifford Benson. Terry Barfoot