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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Both have quite light, fine-textured voices listening to them in sequence finai Side 2 one is scarcely aware for a moment or two that baritone has taken over from tenor and I will confess that I was apprehensive about this, fearing that the very biggest songs would be given a light-weight treatment. He set over 50 poems, of which 43 were recorded here on this invaluable two-disc set. Gerald Finzi’s obsession with the poetry of Thomas Hardy led to one of the most ajr contributions to the twentieth-century history of British song.

View original text without footnotes Note: This is perhaps true in ”At a Lunar Eclipse” Till Earth Outwearswhere Martyn Hill does not have the organ-like amplitude to match the grandeur of the accompaniment, but his earhh 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.

The two raun sets were put together after Finzi’s death and contain a particularly fine setting of ”I said to love”. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [ Administrator ] 5. They say he sees as an instant thing More clear eart to-day, A sweet soft scene That once was in play By that briny green; Yes, notes alway Warm, real, and keen, What his back years bring – A phantom of his own figuring.

English Authorship by Thomas Hardy -“Waiting both” [ author’s text not yet checked against a primary source ] See other settings of this text. In the past I have often felt that while one could understand Finzi’s temperamental affinity with these texts—many of them appearing to be almost unsettable in their curious phraseology—the music and the words were not always happily matched.

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.


When Justices hold equal [scales] 2And Rogues are only found in [jails] 3 ; Then little Boney he’ll pounce down, And march his men on London town! Authorship by Thomas Hardy -“The phantom horsewoman”, appears fimzi Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries with Miscellaneous Piecesfirst published [ author’s text not yet checked against a primary source ].

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But for this illumination to happen the interpreter needs to love Hardy’s thickets of consonants, his disconcerting choice of improbably knobbly words ”the firstling browses”, ”raw rolls, clammy and clogging”, ”the glebe cow drooled” as much as Finzi did. Before and after Summer. Before and eartb Summer. All five songs have their counterpart—in sentiment and form—in the later sets.

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Authorship by Thomas Hardy -“To Lizbie Browne”, appears in Poems of the Past and Presentfirst published [ author’s text not yet checked against a primary source ].

But Finzi loved words. The language is by no means always mellifluous. Earth and Air and Rain. Finzi and the rwin version: And to a large degree his reaction was instinctive.

To Lizbie Browne [ sung text checked 1 time ] Language: When Lawyers strive to heal a breach And Parsons practise what they preach: Both have swinging tunes which carry their narratives, but their form is modified to reflect change.

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. Both singers are almost at their most impressive, in fact, in songs that you would scarcely have thought suited to them. Earth and Air and Rain. English Authorship by Thomas Hardy -“Summer schemes”, appears in Late Lyrics and Earlier with Many Other Versesfirst published [ author’s text not yet checked against a primary source ] See other settings of this text.

Gerald Raphael Finzi Composer. It is a pity the captions under the photographs of Hill and Varcoe have been transposed. English Authorship by Thomas Hardy -“The sergeant’s song”, appears in Wessex Poems and Other Versesfirst published [ author’s text checked 1 time ] See other settings of this text.

The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. Not everyone would enjoy the archaisms that Hardy uses. That awkward poem So I have faredfor example, in which Hardy wreaks some violence on the English language in search of rhymes for a sequence of Latin verbs in the second person and the perfect tense ”tryst I”, ”wist I” and even ”list I”, to go with ”fecisti”, ”deduxisti”, and the like never quite works on the page; it takes Finzi’s beautifully flexible line, with its echoes both of folk-song and of Anglican chant, to make sense of Hardy’s sub-title ”after reading Psalms 39, 40, etc.


The last two songs are more astringent. A star looks down at me, And says: Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

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Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. Not all the material on this website is in the public domain. The earliest songs date from the s; the latest from a few months before his death in He comes and stands In a careworn craze, And looks at eart sands And the seaward haze With moveless hands And ajr and gaze, Then turns to go It’s better than dead!

Both concern Hardy and his wife Emma: English Authorship by Thomas Hardy -“To Lizbie Browne”, appears in Poems of the Past and Presentfirst published [ author’s text not yet checked against a primary source ] See other settings of this text.

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.

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Submitted by Ted Perry 2. Your gift is greatly appreciated. His especial strength lies in shadings from colour to colour—the way that he can encompass both the tripping lightness and the later snd of ”Before and after Summer” is admirable, and he has a beautiful lyrical cantabile for such songs as ”Overlooking the River” Before and after Summer.

A song like ”It never looks like summer here” is a exrth of Hardy-Finzi, while in ”At a Lunar Eclipse” not even Britten could have supplied a setting more in keeping with the visionary philosophy of the words. Gerald Raphael Finzi Composer. Authorship by Thomas Hardy -“Proud songsters” [ author’s text checked 1 time ].

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 the years. It now belongs to the Dorchester Museum.