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Requiem: The Pity of War

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano

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Considering its fundamental impact on human society, World War I produced surprisingly little music directly, although it simmered under the surface in all kinds of ways. Compared to the U.S. Civil War or World War II, there are few World War I songs. Thus tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Antonio Pappano do well to take an indirect approach in this collection, which Bostridge developed as he pondered his involvement with Benjamin Britten's War Requiem (a World War II piece). The program was developed in live performances, introduced by the voice-and-piano versions of Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn, but here Bostridge and Pappano take a risk and succeed: they rely on the extreme intimacy of George Butterworth's Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad to draw the listener in, and it works. Bostridge excels in the pianissimo lines and the quiet tragedy of these songs. The pair seek out cycles that have a few songs on the subject of war and death, or that have resonances of wars; in the Butterworth case, some of poet A.E. Housman's protagonists were dying in the Boer War. In Kurt Weill's Four Walt Whitman Songs it was the American Civil War, and this is indeed an intriguing set of rarely performed songs, in this version partly German, partly American, and partly British. The songs of German composer Rudi Stephan do not address war directly but were indeed written at the front, shortly before the composer's death; this makes a stronger impact than seeking out war songs exclusively would have. Bostridge's voice has proven remarkably consistent over the years, and in its low-key way it is ideal for this repertory. If you're skeptical of all-star releases, be advised that this is one that really delivers.

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Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano

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1
A Shropshire Lad: I. "Loveliest of trees" 00:02:38

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - George Butterworth, Composer - Alfred Edward Housman, Poet

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
A Shropshire Lad: II. "When I was one-and-twenty" 00:01:16

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - George Butterworth, Composer - Alfred Edward Housman, Poet

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
A Shropshire Lad: III. "Look not in my eyes" 00:01:52

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - George Butterworth, Composer - Alfred Edward Housman, Poet

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
A Shropshire Lad: IV. "Think no more, lad" 00:01:15

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - George Butterworth, Composer - Alfred Edward Housman, Poet

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
A Shropshire Lad: V. "The lads in their hundreds" 00:02:07

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - George Butterworth, Composer - Alfred Edward Housman, Poet

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
A Shropshire Lad: VI. "Is my team ploughing?" 00:03:07

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - George Butterworth, Composer - Alfred Edward Housman, Poet

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: I. Kythere 00:01:38

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - Rudi Stephan, Composer - Gerda von Robertus, Lyricist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: II. Pantherlied 00:00:47

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - Rudi Stephan, Composer - Gerda von Robertus, Lyricist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: III. Abendfrieden 00:01:24

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - Rudi Stephan, Composer - Gerda von Robertus, Lyricist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: IV. In Nachbars Garten 00:01:56

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - Rudi Stephan, Composer - Gerda von Robertus, Lyricist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: V. Glück zu Zweien 00:01:42

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - Rudi Stephan, Composer - Gerda von Robertus, Lyricist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: VI. Das Hohelied der Nacht 00:01:45

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - Rudi Stephan, Composer - Gerda von Robertus, Lyricist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Four Walt Whitman Songs: I. "Beat! Beat! Drums!" 00:03:21

Kurt Weill, Composer - Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - Walt Whitman, Lyricist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Four Walt Whitman Songs: II. "Oh captain! My captain!" 00:04:36

Kurt Weill, Composer - Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - Walt Whitman, Lyricist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Four Walt Whitman Songs: III. "Come up from the fields, father" 00:05:13

Kurt Weill, Composer - Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - Walt Whitman, Lyricist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Four Walt Whitman Songs: IV. Dirge for Two Veterans 00:04:23

Kurt Weill, Composer - Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Pappano, Piano - Walt Whitman, Lyricist

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: XI. Revelge 00:06:45

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Gustav Mahler, Composer, Lyricist - Antonio Pappano, Piano

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: IX. Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen 00:06:33

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Gustav Mahler, Composer, Lyricist - Antonio Pappano, Piano

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

19
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: XII. Der Tamboursg'sell 00:05:55

Ian Bostridge, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Gustav Mahler, Composer, Lyricist - Antonio Pappano, Piano

2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2018 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

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Considering its fundamental impact on human society, World War I produced surprisingly little music directly, although it simmered under the surface in all kinds of ways. Compared to the U.S. Civil War or World War II, there are few World War I songs. Thus tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Antonio Pappano do well to take an indirect approach in this collection, which Bostridge developed as he pondered his involvement with Benjamin Britten's War Requiem (a World War II piece). The program was developed in live performances, introduced by the voice-and-piano versions of Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn, but here Bostridge and Pappano take a risk and succeed: they rely on the extreme intimacy of George Butterworth's Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad to draw the listener in, and it works. Bostridge excels in the pianissimo lines and the quiet tragedy of these songs. The pair seek out cycles that have a few songs on the subject of war and death, or that have resonances of wars; in the Butterworth case, some of poet A.E. Housman's protagonists were dying in the Boer War. In Kurt Weill's Four Walt Whitman Songs it was the American Civil War, and this is indeed an intriguing set of rarely performed songs, in this version partly German, partly American, and partly British. The songs of German composer Rudi Stephan do not address war directly but were indeed written at the front, shortly before the composer's death; this makes a stronger impact than seeking out war songs exclusively would have. Bostridge's voice has proven remarkably consistent over the years, and in its low-key way it is ideal for this repertory. If you're skeptical of all-star releases, be advised that this is one that really delivers.

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