Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra
commemorate The Battle of the Somme,
heard by MIKE WHEELER
Composer George Butterworth died a hundred years ago, during the Battle of the Somme. So what more natural starting-point for this commemorative concert (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK, 8 April 2016) than his orchestral rhapsody A Shropshire Lad? Based largely on material from his A E Housman setting 'Loveliest of Trees', its elegiac tone could easily slide into mere pastoral meandering. But conductor Mark Elder and the Hallé weren't going to let that happen, taking a particularly sombre view of the piece that refused to wallow in mere nostalgia...
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