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Saturday, July 22, 2017 Permalink

The War Connection

Marion National Cemetery, Marion Indiana


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 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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