The Cello in Wartime

Performed on Regular Cello: CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918): Cello Sonata, FRANK BRIDGE (1879-1941): Cello Sonata, GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924): Cello Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 109, ANTON WEBERN (1883-1945): 3 kleine Stücke, Op. 11, Performed on Trench Cello: CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921): The Swan, HUBERT PARRY (1848-1918): Jerusalem, IVOR NOVELLO (1893-1951): Keep the Home-Fires Burning, TRAD.: God Save the King.

Catalogue Number: 11T073

Label: BIS

Reference: 2312

Format: SACD hybrid

Price: $19.98

Description: Four pieces composed around the time of the First World War by members of the combatant nations and, then, the reason we’re offering this disc: an instrument that was once played and heard in the trenches of Ypres. Harold Triggs, the owner of this so-called ‘trench cello’, brought it with him to Flanders from England – other soldiers, on both sides of the conflict, constructed their own violins, cellos or flutes on site, from ammunition boxes, pipes and whatever else they could get hold of. These instruments thus become a highly moving testimony to every man’s need for beauty and solace and joy, even in the middle of a battlefield. Steven Isserlis (cellos), Connie Shih (piano).

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