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Track(s) taken from CDA67644

Evening

First line:
Now came still Evening on, and Twilight gray
composer
1921; closing quotation is from Beethoven's Piano Sonata Les Adieux
author of text
1667; Paradise Lost, 4: 598-604

Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)
Recording details: February 2007
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: February 2008
Total duration: 1 minutes 59 seconds

Cover artwork: Early Spring Afternoon, Central Park (1911) by Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925)
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Reviews

'Outstandingly well sung and played, equally well recorded, and highly recommendable to all lovers of fine songs and fine singing' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is a highly successful follow-up to Gerald Finley and Julius Drake's first Ives recital from 2005. Here there is the same sort of mix, from familiar songs such as The Circus Band and Watchman! to an early requiem for the family cat and the intriguing title song, Romanzo, di Central Park, with its obbligato violin part atmospherically played by Magnus Johnston. Finley is his usual charismatic self, at home as much in the hymnody as the parody, and he is careful not to over-sentimentalise the more homely numbers while injecting pathos into the war songs. Drake projects Ives's often complex accompaniments with clarity and style' (The Daily Telegraph)

'The programme has been selected and sequenced with care … the booklet includes not just texts but also comments by Calum MacDonald about every single song. Hyperion always gets these things right; even the cover art is a bull's-eye. Finley and Drake give no cause for complaint either … the engineers have done their work well. Finley and Drake are perfectly balanced and they perofrm in an environment of intimate warmth' (International Record Review)

'Finley is a wonderfully assured interpreter … perfectly registering their switchback changes of mood and presenting their occasional lapses into sentimentality with total conviction. More than any other performers on disc, Finley and Drake establish these songs, with all their quirks and flights of fantasy, among the most important of the 20th century in any language' (The Guardian)

'Gerald Finley has everything and more in his darkly full-bodied voice to match the often formidable technical and expressive requirements of Ives's songbook—reinforced by Drake's elastic, expressive piano … this is a must-buy album' (The Times)

'The variety of songs recorded here is extraordinary … Gerald Finley's warm baritone sits right inside Ives's soundworld, while Drake refuses to be fazed by the idealistic piano writing' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Listening to a collection such as this reveals genuine delights of phrase and harmony. These are, by and large, not songs for 'showy' singers, yet several of the numbers more citational of popular song do demand some verbal panache, which the Canadian bass-baritone can certainly supply, along with fine-honed dynamic control and a warm, solidly delineated tone … Drake, very sensitive as to tempo and mood, proves willing to haul out the trombones when needed' (Opera News)

'It's the best kind of fun. The astonishing range Ives exhibits in the 30 songs on the disc—some comic, others serious—is astonishing. Finley, in even better voice than on the Barber CD, and Drake, relishing Ives' complexities, dig deep into them all' (Bay Area Reporter, USA)

'Gerald Finley's second disc of Ives songs is every bit as wonderful as the first. Finley is the perfect song recitalist … he can sound dreamy, tender, raucous, heroic, and serene, all without ever disfiguring his timbre or letting the pitch waver. Julius Drake offers accompaniments that are as perfect and knowing as the singing, and the engineering couldn't be better … this is magnificent—vocal recitals don't come any better' (ClassicsToday.com)
Evening was composed in 1921; the words are from Milton’s Paradise Lost. Apparently at one time this was intended as the first item in 114 Songs, which proceeds in reverse chronological order from latest to earliest songs. (It is now the second item.) The mood is valedictory, suggesting a gentle harmony of all life, and closing with a quotation from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata ‘Les Adieux’.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

Evening («Soir») fut composée en 1921 sur un extrait du Paradise Lost de Milton. À un moment, cette pièce aurait dû inaugurer les 114 Songs, qui vont de la mélodie la plus récente à la plus ancienne (elle figure désormais en deuxième position). L’humeur est aux adieux dans cette évocation d’une harmonie paisible, celle de toute la vie, qui s’achève en citant la Sonate pour piano «Les Adieux» de Beethoven.

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2008
Français: Hypérion

Evening wurde 1921 komponiert; die Worte stammen aus Miltons Paradise Lost. Dies war anscheinend zeitweise als das erste der 114 Songs gedacht, die in umgekehrter chronologischer Folge von den letzten bis zu den frühesten Liedern angeordnet sind. (Es ist jetzt das zweite Stück.) Die Stimmung ist abschiednehmend und deutet eine sanfte Harmonie allen Lebens an; es schließt mit einem Zitat aus Beethovens Klaviersonate „Les Adieux“.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2008
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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