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FINZI: I Said to Love / Let Us Garlands Bring / Before and After Summer (English Song, Vol. 12)

Gerald Finzi made a significant contribution to British twentieth-century song-writing, especially with his settings of Thomas Hardy, his favourite poet, whom he set more than any other. Finzi’s empathy with Hardy’s bleak fatalism, his sense of transience and his anger at the suffering that mankind afflicts on fellow human beings permeates all three collections on this disc. Highlights include the dramatic I said to Love, as the poet squares up to his adversary and forecasts that ‘Mankind shall cease’, the haunting Fear no more the heat o’ the sun with its images of the dust to which ‘the golden lads and girls’ must all come, and the large-scale Channel Firing, arguably Finzi’s most ambitious Hardy setting.

Finzi, Gerald
Hardy, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  I Said to Love, Op. 19b
1.   No. 1. I Need not Go 00:02:10
2.   No. 2. At Middle - Field Gate in February 00:03:27
3.   No. 3. Two Lips 00:00:56
4.   No. 4. In Five - score Summers (Meditation) 00:01:47
5.   No. 5. For Life I Had Never Cared Greatly 00:02:07
6.   No. 6. I Said to Love 00:03:06

Finzi, Gerald
Shakespeare, William, lyricist(s)

  Let us garlands bring, Op. 18
7.   No. 1. Come Away, Come Away, Death 00:03:30
8.   No. 2. Who is Silvia 00:01:36
9.   No. 3. Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun 00:05:42
10.   No. 4. O Mistress Mine 00:01:42
11.   No. 5. It was a Lover and his Lass 00:02:32

Finzi, Gerald
Hardy, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  Before and after Summer, Op. 16
12.   No. 1. Childhood among the Ferns 00:03:29
13.   No. 2. Before and After Summer 00:02:36
14.   No. 3. The Self - unseeing 00:02:54
15.   No. 4. Overlooking the River 00:02:38
16.   No. 5. Channel Firing 00:06:38
17.   No. 6. In the Mind's Eye 00:01:48
18.   No. 7. The Too Short Time 00:03:07
19.   No. 8. Epeisodia 00:02:03
20.   No. 9. Amabel 00:02:58
21.   No. 10. He Abjures Love 00:04:33

Total Playing Time: 01:01:19

Finzi, Gerald

Hardy, Thomas; Shakespeare, William

Burnside, Iain; Williams, Roderick

Label: Naxos

Series: English Song Series

Genre: Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557644

Barcode: 0747313264421

Physical Release: 05/2005

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