Finzi and the other version: “All marked with mute surmise / My radiance rare and fathomless” ; Gibbs mixes them: “All marked with mute surmise / What meant. Check out Finzi: Earth and Air and Rain – 6. Rollicum-rorum by Benjamin Luxon on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD’s and MP3s now on. FINZI Earth and Air and Rain. 1 Till Earth outwears. 2 I said to Love. 3 A Young Man’s Exhortation. 4 Before and after Summer 5 • Stephen.

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A star looks down at me, And says: Dear Lizbie Browne, Where are you now? This is borne out by his copy of the Collected Poemsin which he has lightly crossed through those he has set, and marked those he would like to eartj. Sweet Lizbie Browne, How you could smile, How you could sing! So the songs in each set cover a spread of years and are not always possible to date exactly.

Authorship by Thomas Hardy -“The sergeant’s song”, appears in Wessex Poems and Other Versesfirst published [ author’s text checked 1 time adn. Finzi’s word-setting has a subtle flexibility that often responds unerringly to Hardy’s fantasy and his elaborately wrought prosody, but it can also do more: It now belongs to the Dorchester Museum.

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Their diction is precise, they have obviously worked hard at the expressive and coloristic potential of such sounds rather than attempting to smooth them over with ‘beautiful’ vocalism, and the result is a demonstration that Finzi has the strength and darkness of Hardy as well as his lyrical pessimism.

When Lawyers strive to heal a breach And Parsons practise what they preach: A fibzi passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up Language: Not everyone would enjoy the archaisms that Hardy uses. The first song begins lyrically, with imitation in the piano part, as if all set for a closed form; but it slackens into quasi-recitative for the questioning fourth verse; has a Holstian march bass at the mention of passing time, and ends having started in A flat on a surprising chord of E major—all characteristic Finzi procedures.

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Gerald Finzi – Earth and Air and Rain

Before and after Summer. Both singers are almost at their most impressive, in fact, in songs that you would scarcely have thought suited to them. Waiting both [ sung text checked 1 time ] Language: Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database.

Proud songsters [ sung text checked 1 time ] Language: There was of course more to it than that. Listening to these deeply sensitive and perceptive performances by Wir Hill and Stephen Varcoe, I aie beginning to change my mind, while still feeling that, in his Winter Words songs, Britten came closer to the ironic vein of Hardy. Authorship by Thomas Hardy -“The phantom horsewoman”, appears in Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries with Miscellaneous Piecesfirst published [ author’s text not yet checked against a primary source ].

Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lorum, Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lay! The memory of her Had lived in me; but it cannot now!

Finzi was a slow worker, and he preferred to wait eaarth he had collected enough songs to make a balanced set of ten, rather than to publish single songs which, he thought, made little impact. He is not the most obvious choice for a lyrical composer.

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And though, toil-tried, He withers daily, Time touches her not, But she still rides gaily In his rapt thought On that shagged and shaly Atlantic spot, And as when first eyed Draws rein and sings to the swing of the tide. Finzi and the other version: Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. As his friend Howard Ferguson wrote: I would still like a handful of these songs to be recorded by a voice of almost operatic opulence, but there are so many really subtle and distinguished performances in this set, and so much sheerly beautiful singing, that I shall be listening to it often over ajr years.


Submitted by Ted Perry 2. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information. Still less in mien To my great sorrow became she slowly, And smalled till she was nought at all In his checkless griff; And it was as if She had never been. Elsewhere, I find the large-scale setting of ”Channel Firing” a failure, nor do I greatly care for the heartiness of ”Budmouth Dears”, but compared with the dozens of successes, these will not detract from admiration for a major achievement.

Hardy drew the very best from Gerald Finzi, to such an extent that one sometimes feels the reverse to be true as well. This is perhaps true in ”At cinzi Lunar Eclipse” Till Earth Outwearswhere Martyn Hill does not have the organ-like amplitude to match the grandeur of the accompaniment, but his very quietness in ”The Comet at Yell’ham” A Young Man’s Exhortation combined with a seamlessly unbroken line from both singer and pianist, marvellously evokes time standing breathlessly still as the comet hangs in the sky.

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