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Hyperion Records

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Poetry by Wiiliam Affleck (1868-1943)
Track(s) taken from CDH55156
Recording details: June 1995
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1995
Total duration: 3 minutes 17 seconds

O dry those tears!
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Introduction
Composed by Teresa del Riego in London in 1901. The opening bars of this piece bear a remarkable resemblance to the last movement of Sibelius’s Symphony No 5. Grove’s Dictionary states that Sibelius finished his work in 1915. Could it be that the great composer of Finlandia knew O dry those tears!? The song’s world-wide fame in the first decade of this century makes this a tantalizing possibility.

from notes by Robert White 1995

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