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Zachary Wadsworth takes a fresh and original approach to ‘war poetry’, to which we all too often respond with slavish respect. In the ‘War’ section of this very original work, he has Humbert Wolfe and Isaac Rosenberg in fragmentary dialogue, and while he relies elsewhere on more obvious sources, like Charles Hamilton Sorley, Robert Service and Siegfried Sassoon, as well as soldiers’ testimony, he handles them in a highly intelligent way, refusing to condense these individual experiences into either moral obloquy or flag-waving. This is, if you like, a soldier’s oratorio, not a general’s, and not one-dimensionally pacifist. As such, it suits the live recording, the rattle of percussion and small string group. It feels fresh, intimate, alternately terrible and exhilarating.

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