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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released February 15, 2019 | Rockwerk Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released February 12, 2018 | K@Muse

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released February 4, 2019 | Housemaster Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released February 1, 2019 | Rhino Atlantic

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released December 30, 2018 | 1700 Classics

Choral Music (Choirs) - Released January 4, 2019 | Concerto

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released January 4, 2019 | Cameo Classics

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 1, 1979 | VEAC

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released December 19, 2018 | iM Ensemble vocal Filigrane

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released December 14, 2018 | Galileo Music Communication

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released April 19, 2016 | iM Jeanne-Lise & Emeric

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 23, 2018 | Anima Nostra

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 23, 2018 | Decca (UMO) (Classics)

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 23, 2018 | Decca (UMO) (Classics)

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As Time Goes By sees British tenor Alfie Boe return to his solo career after two albums duetting with fellow British vocalist Michael Ball. Featuring a selection of easy listening standards that hail from the 1930s, Boe tackles songs such as "Moonlight Serenade," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," and "Minnie the Moocher." ~ Rich Wilson
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 20, 2000 | dust production

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 14, 2018 | iM National Youth Choir of Scotland

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 2, 2018 | Ghostlight Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 2, 2018 | Ghostlight Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 27, 2018 | Luigi Bellino

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 26, 2018 | Warner Classics

Booklet Distinctions 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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.