Songs of Immortality is a collection of commissioned song cycles and chamber music composed by Susannah Self. The CD is inspired by The Dymock Poets who met in the Gloucester village of Dymock just before the First World War. They include Rupert Brooke, Robert Frost and Edward Thomas. Their oeuvre embraces questions of immortality. Some of their futures proved tragic such as Rupert Brooke who died en-route to Gallipoli and was buried on the island of Skyros. Others such as John Drinkwater were secretly conscientious objectors. He continued work at The Birmingham Rep and in 1918. Susannah’s opera Quilt Song (published by Composers Edition in 2018) is based on Drinkwater’s play Abraham Lincoln which premièred at The Birmingham Rep in 1918.
Commissioners for Songs of Immortality include: RVW Trust, English Sinfonia, Gloucester Music Society, Tardebigge Song Festival, Ellipsis, The Eckhart Society and Christine Talbot Cooper. Performers on the CD include the international tenor James Gilchrist and the baritone Alex Otterburn, who has had recent successes at ENO and Opera North. They are accompanied on piano by Susanna Stranders who plays at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Melanie Ragge on oboe, Robert Manasse on flute and Joe Davies on cello. Other performers involved in performing the works include Iain Burnside, Marcus Farnsworth, Anna Tilbrook, Ailish Tynan, Jeremy Huw Williams, Christopher Allen, Nigel Foster, Cara Berridge and James Baillieu.
The CD is currently for sale on CD Baby, also via Susannah Self’ website.
Scores of all music from Songs of Immortality are proudly available from Composers Edition.
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