The Soldier: From Severn to Somme


The programme performed here by baritone Christopher Maltman and pianist Joseph Middleton was born whilst Maltman was studying at the Royal Academy of Music. The compositions have been selected to form a coherent but flexible narrative that produces a touching memoire to all those affected by war.

One composer chosen for the record, George Butterworth, was a casualty of the First World War: in September 1915 he went to the trenches and was killed, aged 31, in the Battle of the Somme on 5th August 1916. The use of his composition, A Shropshire Lad, is touching in this instance. It gives the listener a more sensitive perspective of the loss in World War One, almost allowing the listener to see the faces of those who passed away, most of whom were young ‘lads’ from various parts of the country.


Joseph Middleton – Piano

Christopher Maltman – Baritone

Release date: 08/11/19

Catalogue number: SIGCD592

Barcode: 635212059227

1. George Butterworth – Loveliest of Trees, No. 1 from A
Shropshire Lad
2. Ivor Gurney – Black Stitchel
3. Arthur Somervell – On the Idle Hill of Summer, No. 6 from
A Shropshire Lad IAS 20
4. George Butterworth – Look Not Into My Eyes, No. 3 from
A Shropshire Lad
5. Gustav Mahler – Wo die Schoenen Trompeten Blasen, from
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
6. Gabriel Fauré – Les Berceaux, Op 32. No. 1
7. Charles Ives – He is There!, No. 2 from Three Songs of War
8. Arthur Somervell – White in the Moon, No. 7 from A
Shropshire Lad IAS 20
9. Ivor Gurney – Severn Meadows
10. Gustav Mahler – Revelge, from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
11. Modest Mussorgsky – The Field-Marshall, No. 4 from
Songs and Dances of Death

12. Ivor Gurney – In Flanders
13. Arthur Somervell – Think no More, Lad, No. 8 from A
Shropshire Lad IAS 20
14. Robert Schumann – Die beiden Grenadiere, Op. 49 No. 1
15. Hugo Wolf – Der Tambour, No. 5 from Mörike-Lieder
16. Robert Schumann – Der Soldat, Op. 40 No. 3
17. Gerald Finzi – Channel Firing, No. 5 from Before and
After Summer, Op. 16
18. Arthur Somervell – Into my Heart an air that kills, No. 9
from A Shropshire Lad IAS 20
19. George Butterworth – When I Was One and Twenty, No.
2 from A Shropshire Lad
20. George Butterworth – The Lads in Their Hundreds, No. 5
from A Shropshire Lad
21. George Butterworth – Is My Team Ploughing?, No. 6
from A Shropshire Lad
22. Francis Poulenc – Lune d’Avril, No. 7 from La Courte
Paille, FP. 178

23. John Ireland – In Boyhood, No. 2 from We’ll to the Woods
No More

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