In March 2014 BBC Four broadcast ‘The Poet who loved the War: Ivor Gurney’, a moving and thought-provoking documentary which examined Gurney’s poetry and music and the ways in which both were influenced by the events he experienced and the people he met during the First World War. Gurney’s music provided a backdrop to the documentary, and this included several excerpts from the Sonata in E-flat major for Violin and Piano, performed by Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard and taken from their World Première recording of the work for EM Records (available on EMR CD011).
The sections of the film for which the Sonata provides a setting can be viewed using the player below. This compilation has been made with the generous agreement of Michael Poole, the documentary’s Executive Producer; the Director, Clive Flowers; and the Director of Photography, Ryan Owen Eddleston. Thanks are also due to Eileen Griffiths, through the F.W. Harvey Society, and The Gurney Trust for permission to incorporate the sections of film showing photographs of Harvey and Gurney respectively.
Director of Photography | RYAN OWEN EDDLESTON
Director | CLIVE FLOWERS
Executive Producer | MICHAEL POOLE
First broadcast on BBC FOUR at 9pm on 30 March 2014
Video compilation | RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK
EMR CD028 | INTERNATIONAL