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Hyperion Records

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Alby, Norfolk by John Middleton (1827-1856)
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Track(s) taken from CDD22071
Recording details: January 1997
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 1997
Total duration: 3 minutes 24 seconds

'These two CDs, finely recorded and thoughtfully presented, are a most timely and valuable addition to the catalogue' (Gramophone)

'This fine collection of settings by poets as diverse as Herrick, Heine and Tagore is full of surprises and beautifully performed by all, especially pianist Roger Vignoles' (The Observer)

'Prepared and performed with the care and conviction for which Hyperion is famous. Those who simply love vocal recitals will find plenty of enjoyment in these well-documented discs, as well as a further revelation of the wealth of 'English Renaissance' contributions to art song. Distinguished performances of little-known but substantial, and often impressive, repertoire' (Classic CD)

'Another superb collection of songs' (Financial Times)

Far, far from each other
November 1906
author of text

At the end of the first line the song has ‘flown’ where Arnold wrote ‘grown’, a much more down-to-earth and realistic word. The poem is not concerned with Fanny Wightman, but with ‘Marguerite’ (Mary Claude of Ambleside), whom the poet had met in Switzerland in 1848, and describes his changed feelings when they met again the following year. (These lines come near the end of a poem of ninety lines.)

from notes by Michael Pilkington 1997

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