In Flanders Fields: A Program for Veterans Day and Remembrance Day

November 11, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Poppies adorning the Roll of Honour walls in the Australian War Memorial Wall
Image of the Australian War Memorial Wall

At 11 am on November 11, 1918, the guns fell silent on the battlefields of Europe, bringing the bloodiest conflict the world had ever known to an end. The date, first named Armistice Day, later known as Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Nations and Veterans Day in the United States, is a day to pay tribute to those who have served and whose lives have been forever changed by war. This special episode of Listening to Singers will feature music exploring the timeless themes of longing, loss, love, and the search for peace in the wake of catastrophe.


Ivor Gurney: In Flanders
Brian Giebler, tenor
Steven McGhee, piano
Katie Hyun & Ben Russell, violin
Jessica Myer, viola
Michael Katz, cello

John Ireland: Sea Fever
Roderick Williams, baritone
Susie Allan, piano

Kurt Weill: “Beat! Beat! Drums!” from Four Walt Whitman Songs
Simon Keenlyside, baritone
Malcolm Martineau. piano

George Butterworth: On the Idle Hill of Summer
Thomas Allen, baritone
Geoffrey Parsons, piano

Howard Goodall: Eternal Light
VI. Dies irae: In Flanders fields
Alfred Boe, tenor
Natasha Marsh, soprano
Christopher Maltman, baritone
Christ Church Cathedral Choir
London Musici
Stephen Darlington, conductor

Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
V. Ihr haby nun Traurigkeit
Sylvia McNair, soprano
Westminster Symphonic Choir
New York Philharmonic
Kurt Masur, conductor

Richard Hundley: Come Ready and See Me
Cynthia Haymon, soprano
Warren Jones, piano

John Kander: A Letter from Sullivan Ballou
Renée Fleming, soprano
Warren Jones, piano

Charles Ives: Tom Sails Away
Patrick Carfizzi, bass-baritone
JJ Penna, piano

Francis Poulenc: “C” from Deux Poèmes de Louis Aragon
Poulenc: “Lune d’Avril” from La Courte Paille
Felicity Lott, soprano
Pascal Rogé, piano

Weill: Dirge for Two Veterans from Four Walt Whitman Songs
Thomas Hampson, baritone
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Dennis Russell Davies, conductor