The Soldier
From Severn to Somme

Threaded throughout this remarkable recital is the poetry of Housman’s A Shropshire Lad and its themes of life, loss and the transience of youth. In a programme originally devised for the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, this evolved into a wider narrative on the subject of war and the soldier’s fate, the Butterworth and Somervell settings joined by other composers from across the centuries and from opposing sides.

SIGCD592  73 minutes 54 seconds
‘Maltman's baritone is impressive and authoritative, and he's a sensitive, natural communicator who brings a directness to the songs' many emotions … the sincerity and integrity of his performanc ...