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Renowned mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly will perform settings of songs by British composer Ivor Gurney for Signum Records.
Born in Gloucester in 1890, Gurney was a gifted composer and poet who studied under Charles Villiers Stanford and Ralph Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music. More than two-thirds of his musical output remains unpublished and unrecorded.
Four songs by Gurney will feature on the release: ‘Since I Believe in God the Father Almighty’, ‘Sleep’, ‘By a bierside’ and ‘In Flanders’.
As well as his music, the disc will include settings of Gurney’s poetry. Judith Bingham’s A Walk with Ivor Gurney, commissioned by Tenebrae in 2013, brings life to Gurney’s accounts of ‘the turmoil of war and a deep love for his own county’.
Completing the album will be works by Gurney’s friends and contemporaries, including Vaughan Williams’s An Oxford Elegy (narrated by Simon Callow) and Herbert Howells’s Like as the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks.
£5,000 is needed to support the project before the deadline on 19 April 2018. Find out more and donate at: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/tenebrae