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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.

 

RECORDINGS USED

CD Title

Group/Artist

Catalog #

UPC

Vaughan Williams Symphonies

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

EMI Classics 5 86026 2

724358602623

Debussy Orchestral Music

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum

Philips Classics 438 742-2

028943874229

Elgar: Coronation Ode/The Spirit of England

Scottish National Orchestra & Chorus, Alexander Gibson

Chandos CHAN 6574

095115657423

Ravel: Complete Works for Orchestra Vol. 2

Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Vox CDX 5032

04716350322

Jacqueline Du Pre: The Complete EMI Recordings

Du Pre; London Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli.

EMI Classics 5099950416721

5099950416721

Holst: The Planets

Boston Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg

Deutsche Gramaphone 289 463 627-2

028946362723

Contrasts/Histoire du soldat Suite

Lucy Chapman Stoltzman, Richard Stoltzman, Richard Goode

RCA Red Seal 60170

090266017027

Kaddish/Berlin Requiem

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

Nimbus Records NI 5807

0710357580727

Britten: War Requiem

London Symphony Orchestra and choirs, Benjamin Britten

 

Decca 475 7511

028947575115

 
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