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Come let us pity not the dead
composer
2005
author of text

Recordings
'Burgon: Choral Music' (CDH55421)
Burgon: Choral Music
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55421  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 16 on CDH55421 [5'14] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Come let us pity not the dead
Death be not proud was written at John Scott’s suggestion as a work for Remembrance Sunday. It was first performed in November 2005 by Wells Cathedral Choir and Matthew Owens together with its companion piece, Come let us pity not the dead. The latter takes its text from the collected works of Drummond Allison, published a quarter century after the poet was killed in action in Italy in December 1943. ‘My friend Peter Porter introduced me to Allison’, Burgon recalls. ‘Come let us pity not the dead is a powerfully moving text, especially when you realize that its author died at such a young age during the war.’ The composer’s economy of writing allows Allison’s plea to pity Death but not the dead to speak from the beyond the grave.

from notes by Andrew Stewart 2006

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67567 track 16
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-56716
Duration
5'14
Recording date
23 February 2006
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Burgon: Choral Music (CDA67567)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: November 2006
    Deletion date: March 2010
    Superseded by CDH55421
  2. Burgon: Choral Music (CDH55421)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: March 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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