LMP’s recording of Jonathan Dove’s ‘For An Unknown Soldier’ has been released!
‘For An Unknown Soldier’ is a cantata of remembrance to mark the centenary of the First World War. Commissioned by the London Mozart Players and Portsmouth Grammar School in 2014, Jonathan Dove’s poignant work combines the words of war poets such as Wilfred Owen, William Noel Hodgson & Isaac Rosenberg. Opening with Wilfred Owen’s portentous ‘1914’, the piece offers a moving meditation on the tragedy of war, following the personal journey of an Unknown Soldier as he leaves his family and home to travel to France.
The recording is paired with the ensemble’s performance of Dove’s ‘An Airmail Letter from Mozart’, for two horns, string quartet and piano, directed by Melvyn Tan. Dove uses the ‘Theme and Variations’, and one or two other ideas, from Mozart’s Divertimento K287 to write an imaginary letter to his wife Constanze.