The Great War was the first major conflict to generate an outpouring of creative work from those who either fought on the battlefields, or were somehow deeply affected by it, including writers, painters and musicians. Almost unwittingly, they became commentators for their age, and changed society’s conception of what war meant. Charles Villiers Stanford alone taught numerous composers affected by the war, including Charles Wood, George Dyson, Gustav Holst and Ivor Gurney, all of whom are featured on this recording. It also includes contemporaneous works by Rachmaninov, Ravel and Reger – composers from other combatant nations – and the rarely heard Short Requiem by Henry Walford Davies, written in 1915 “In sacred memory of all those who have fallen in the war”.
Pegasus is one of London’s most accomplished chamber choirs, critically acclaimed and award-winning for its outstanding performances of music from the Renaissance to the present day. Part of London’s musical life for 20 years, the choir is known for its imaginative and adventurous programming.
All superbly sung, and sweetly recorded – The Arts Desk