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Saturday, September 7, 2013 Permalink

The War Connection


The brutality of the First World War shook the Western world in ways that no conflict had done before —-or would ever do again.

The number of soldiers killed between 1914 and 1918 exceeded that of all other wars known to history — as ‘advances’ in technology outstripped all defenses against them. And those who survived often were maimed, or suffered from a strange new mental disorder known as ‘shell shock’ — what we today call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In the wake of the war’s fury, the map of Europe changed--but more important, the map of human consciousness changed as well.

In this hour, the impact of the First World War as reflected in the music of Debussy, Ravel, Elgar, Holst, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, and more.



CD Title


Catalog #


Vaughan Williams Symphonies

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

EMI Classics 5 86026 2


Debussy Orchestral Music

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum

Philips Classics 438 742-2


Elgar: Coronation Ode/The Spirit of England

Scottish National Orchestra & Chorus, Alexander Gibson

Chandos CHAN 6574


Ravel: Complete Works for Orchestra Vol. 2

Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Vox CDX 5032


Jacqueline Du Pre: The Complete EMI Recordings

Du Pre; London Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli.

EMI Classics 5099950416721


Holst: The Planets

Boston Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg

Deutsche Gramaphone 289 463 627-2


Contrasts/Histoire du soldat Suite

Lucy Chapman Stoltzman, Richard Stoltzman, Richard Goode

RCA Red Seal 60170


Kaddish/Berlin Requiem

Berlin Broadcast Choir, Berlin Cathedral Choir, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, John Axelrod

Nimbus Records NI 5807


Britten: War Requiem

London Symphony Orchestra and choirs, Benjamin Britten


Decca 475 7511