In Flanders’ Fields


La Maja Dolorosa
Enrique Granados

Francis Poulenc

Tuijotin Tulehen Hauan
Toivo Kuula

I saw his round mouth’s crimson
Elaine Hugh-Jones

To Gratiana Dancing and Singing
William Denis Browne

Berthold Goldschmidt

Anthony Payne

In Flanders’ Fields
He is there
Tom sails away
Charles Ives

Fiona Kimm – mezzo-soprano
Andrew Ball – piano

A celebration of the poets and composers of the Great War 1914-1918

The devastation inflicted on the 20th Century by the Great War is incalculable. Not only through the conflict itself, but peripherally, the flower of artistic life was decimated. This recording celebrates the creative genius of some of those who perished in that war, both on the battlefield and through other actions.

Enrique Granados (1867 – 1916) was drowned when the SS Sussex in which he was returning from the USA to Europe, was torpedoed. Toivo Kuula (1883 – 1918), whose beautiful, lyrical songs are undeservedly unknown, was accidentally shot during celebrations for Finland’s independence, a side conflict to the Great War too often forgotten. Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 – 1916), whose poetry underpinned a troubled youth and unconfident spirit with wonderful and surreal imagery, died of pneumonia after he was wounded and gassed. Rupert Brooke (1887 – 1915) died of pneumonia whilst in transit to Gallipoli, where his school friend, W Dennis Browne (1888 – 1915) was killed. Cecil Coles (1888 – 1918) wrote “A Benediction” in the trenches in 1917, and lost his life there the following year. Edward Thomas (1878 -1917) was killed by a shell in the opening moments of the offensive surrounding Arras on Easter Monday. Wilfred Owen (1893 – 1918) was killed a week before the Armistice was signed, leaving perhaps the most lasting testament to the futility and brutality of the war. The Canadian doctor, Colonel John McCrae (1872 – 1918) whose poem, “In Flanders Fields” is perhaps the most well known evocation of the 1914-1918 war, died at the front of meningitis and pneumonia.

The works performed here are not specifically about war, though of necessity, some of the settings of Owen and McCrae do open up those wounds. The loss to the world of a generation of artists, poets, musicians, writers, sculptors, photographers and performers is unparalleled in any other conflict, and this cross section of words and music represents a tiny proportion of the creativity of the composers and poets of the early 20th century, whose early deaths robbed it of who knows what further creation. It is a memorial to those untimely deaths and a celebration of the spark of genius which flourished only to be extinguished in the “war to end all wars”.

Fiona Kimm

    Enrique Granados
  1. La Maja Dolorosa: O muerte cruel
  2. La Maja Dolorosa: Ay! Majo de mi vida
  3. La Maja Dolorosa: De aquel majo amante
  4. Francis Poulenc
  5. Banalites: Chanson d'Orkenise
  6. Banalites: Hotel
  7. Banalites: Fagnes de Wallonie
  8. Banalites: Voyage a Paris
  9. Banalites: Sanglots
  10. Toivo Kuula
  11. Tuijotin tulehen kauan
  12. Kesayo kirkkomaalla
  13. Sinipiika
  14. Purjein Kuutamolla
  15. Elaine Hugh-Jones
  16. Futility
  17. I saw his round mouth's crimson
  18. William Denis Browne
  19. To Gratiana Dancing and Singing
  20. Cecil Coles
  21. A Benediction
  22. Berthold Goldschmidt
  23. Clouds
  24. Anthony Payne
  25. Adlestrop
  26. Charles Ives
  27. Grantchester
  28. Three Songs of War: In Flanders Fields
  29. Three Songs of War: He is there
  30. Three Songs of War: Tom sails away