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Gerald Finzi, Martyn Hill, Stephen Varcoe, Clifford Benson, Thomas Hardy - Earth And Air And Rain album download
Gerald Finzi, Martyn Hill, Stephen Varcoe, Clifford Benson, Thomas Hardy - Earth And Air And Rain album download
Performer: Gerald Finzi
Title: Earth And Air And Rain
Country: UK
Released: 1989
Style: Neo-Romantic
Rating: 4.2/5
Format: MP3 FLAC WMA MP2 WAV VQF APE MPC MOD
FLAC size: 1529 mb | MP3 size: 1714 mb | WMA size: 1379 mb
Genre: Classical

Five Song cycles by Finzi to words by Thomas Hardy Recorded on 17-20 December 1984 A recording subsidised by The Finzi Trust. SPARS Code: DDD. Other Versions (1 of 1) View All. Cat.

Gerald Finzi's obsession with the poetry of Thomas Hardy led to one of the most important contributions to the twentieth-century history of British song. He set over 50 poems, of which 43 were recorded here on this invaluable two-disc set. 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. Finzi Earth and Air and Rain. View record and artist details. Record and Artist Details. Composer or Director: Gerald (Raphael) Finzi. Gerald (Raphael) Finzi Composer. Stephen Varcoe (bar). Clifford Benson (pf). A) Young Man's Exhortation.

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Conceived by Joy Finzi, the widow of composer Gerald Finzi, it features songs by composers who fought in World War I with the exception of Finzi whose teacher Ernest Farrar died two months before the war ended. The 2-CD collection features Farrar, Gurney, George Butterworth, Denis Browne and Frederick Kelly, the latter two being friends of the poet Rupert Brooke. Finzi is represented by Only A Man Harrowing Clods (a setting of Thomas Hardy) from his Requiem da Camera, which he wrote in memory of Farrar. The performances by Martyn Hill, tenor, Stephen Varcoe, baritone, and Michael George are excellent and heartfelt. Hill was one of the first singers to record Gurney's songs.

Martyn Hill (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Clifford Benson (piano). 2CDs Superseded by CDD22070. Recording details: December 1984 The New Concert Hall, University of South Wales, Cardiff, Produced by Mark Brown Engineered by Antony Howell Release date: January 1990 Total duration: 116 minutes 34 seconds. Thomas Hardy’s Collected Poems would have been one of Gerald Finzi’s desert island choices. Not that he was ever himself marooned; but at the outbreak of the last war his friend the composer Robin Milford was isolated on Guernsey and, in discussing Hardy, Finzi wrote to him that ‘if I had to be cut off from everything that would be the one book I should choose’. It now belongs to the Dorchester Museum.

Earth And Air And Rain O. 5 Baritone Vocals – Stephen VarcoePiano. Till Earth Outwears O. 9a Piano – Clifford BensonTenor. I Said To Love O. 9b Baritone Vocals – Stephen. Gerald Finzi, Martyn Hill, Stephen Varcoe, Clifford Benson, Thomas Hardy -Earth And Air And Rain (2xCD). Label Category Country Year. Hyperion CDA66161/2 UK.

It opens with Earth and Air and Rain and the distinctive and recognisable voice of Stephen Varcoe. Varcoe is a leading authority on English solo song - he knows this music intimately and is completely at home in the repertoire, with the result that he gets perfectly into the personae of the songs and communicates them brilliantly. I have heard his vibrato criticised, but personally do not feel it at all excessive, and therefore have no quibble on that front. The second disc contains A Young Man's Exhortation - with a particularly beautiful and tender performance of Shortening Days from Hill - and Before and After Summer. There are good accents from Varcoe and super piano accompaniment in the overwhelmingly powerful Channel Firing.

Finzi - Earth and Air and Rain Five song cycles to words by Thomas Hardy. Finzi:Earth and Air and Rain, Op. 15 sung by Stephen Varcoe Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19 sung by Martyn Hill I Said to Love, Op. 19b sung by Stephen Varcoe A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14 sung by Martyn Hill Before and After Summer, Op. 16 sung by Stephen Varcoe Clifford Benson (piano). 2 CDs for the price of 1. ‘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’ (Gramophone). The welcome return of what now seem rather special archive recordings of Finzi's great Hardy settings. Direct, unselfconscious and ever-sentient performances. BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 .

COMPACT DISC 1. 1 Earth and Air and Rain Op 15 sung by STEPHEN VARCOE Posłuchaj fragmentu <<<. 11 Till Earth outwears Op 19a sung by MARTYN HILL Posłuchaj fragmentu <<<. 18 I said to Love Op 19b sung by STEPHEN VARCOE Posłuchaj fragmentu <<<. COMPACT DISC 2. 1 A Young Man’s Exhortation Op 14 sung by MARTYN HILL. 11 Before and After Summer Op 16 sung by STEPHEN VARCOE. Later Howard Bliss, brother of Arthur, gave him the authograph of ‘We Field-Women’, which became a treasured possession.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1-10 Earth And Air And Rain Op.15
Baritone Vocals – Stephen VarcoePiano – Clifford Benson
30:31
11-17 Till Earth Outwears Op.19a
Piano – Clifford BensonTenor Vocals – Martyn Hill
16:26
18-23 I Said To Love Op.19b
Baritone Vocals – Stephen VarcoePiano – Clifford Benson
12:26
CD 2
1-10 A Young Man's Exhortations Op.14
Piano – Clifford BensonTenor Vocals – Martyn Hill
28:53
11-20 Before And After Summer Op.16
Baritone Vocals – Stephen VarcoePiano – Clifford Benson
27:02

Credits

  • Engineer – Antony Howell
  • Recording Supervisor – Mark Brown

Notes

Five Song cycles by Finzi to words by Thomas Hardy
Recorded on 17-20 December 1984
A recording subsidised by The Finzi Trust

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 034571161617

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
CDD22070 Gerald Finzi, Martyn Hill, Stephen Varcoe, Clifford Benson, Thomas Hardy Gerald Finzi, Martyn Hill, Stephen Varcoe, Clifford Benson, Thomas Hardy - Earth And Air And Rain ‎(2xCD, RE) Dyad CDD22070 UK 2009