Most Grand To Die (James Rutherford/ Eugene Asti) (BIS: BISSACD1610)
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, with Eugene Asti
at the piano, here records his first disc for BIS, presenting a programme of works from composers all influenced greatly by the First World War.
George Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad
takes texts from A.E. Housman's poems of young men facing death.
Vaughan Williams turned to poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, for his Songs of Travel
, a set of nine songs in which the wanderer-narrator philosophically accepts the mixture of joys and sorrows offered to him along the road.
Gurney - the youngest of the three composers - was also a poet, and in Severn Meadows expressed his longing for home in both text and music. Severn Meadows
was composed during Gurney's time in the trenches.