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Die Pest (1898) by Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901)
Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, Depositum der Gottfried Keller-Stiftung / Colorphoto Hans Hinz
Track(s) taken from CDH55388
Recording details: September 1991
Leeds Town Hall, United Kingdom
Produced by Christopher Palmer
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: April 1992
Total duration: 8 minutes 5 seconds

'Nothing short of a triumph. With the bittersweet Aubade héroïque as makeweight, no disc makes a better case for Lambert's importance' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'A compelling performance, and production values are all one might expect from this source' (The Independent)

'A masterpiece buried for far too long' (The Guardian)

'One is very reluctant at the conclusion to disturb the silence by standing up and switching off the CD player' (CDReview)

Aubade héroïque
1942; 'to Ralph Vaughan Williams on his 70th birthday'

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The title Aubade héroïque recalls Debussy, whose Berceuse héroïque for piano, written during the 1914–18 war, was dedicated to the King of the Belgians and his soldiers. Lambert’s piece was also war-inspired. Its date is 1942 and it is inscribed ‘to Ralph Vaughan Williams on his 70th birthday’. It is a recollection-in-tranquillity of a dramatic incident of two years earlier, when the Sadler’s Wells Ballet (of which Lambert was Musical Director) was marooned for a few days in Holland when the Germans invaded in May 1940. It must have been a terrifying experience; Lambert and his colleagues barely escaped with their lives. Lambert explained, in a note on the score, ‘This short piece was inspired by a daybreak during the invasion of Holland, the calm of the surrounding park contrasting with the distant mutterings of war’.

from notes by Christopher Palmer © 1992

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