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Soldiers’ lament (Five Lines Blog — March 2021) — CD REVIEW


Review Publication year: 2021


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"A martial snare drum, thunderous percussion and agitated strings set the scene in Michael Williams’ 1st Symphony Letters from the front. The music reflects the terrors and tragedies of war and this New Zealand composer’s sure sense of drama is immediately apparent. Commissioned by the NZSO as one of several new symphonic works for WW1 commemorations in New Zealand, Letters from the front looks back to Gallipoli in 1915. A CD recording of the three-movement symphony has now been released, giving a welcome longer life to a powerful musical statement..."

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Elizabeth Kerr / Five Lines