For the Fallen
Released in 2018 for the centenary of the armistice, this recording features works written around the time of the first world war, or in commemoration of it. This was the first major conflict to generate an outpouring of creative work from those who actually fought in the trenches, or were deeply affected by the war. The recording features works by composers from five combatant nations, including Rachmaninov, Ravel, Mahler, Holst, Stanford and Ivor Gurney.
“Great dramatic flair… beautifully blended tone… [Matthew Altham] throws every emotional weapon in his armoury at the music” (Gramophone)
“The singers have a large expressive range which they use to great effect” (Choir & Organ)
“All superbly sung, and sweetly recorded” (The Arts Desk)
A feast of anthems for Christmas, ranging from Elizabeth Poston’s classic Jesus Christ the Apple Tree to Jonathan Rathbone’s exuberant setting of Gabriel’s Message, Judith Bingham’s mysterious The Clouded Heaven and Morton Lauridsen’s rapturous O Magnum Mysterium. Matthew Altham directs Pegasus, with organ accompaniment by Martin Toyer.