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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55244
Recording details: April 1991
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1992
Total duration: 4 minutes 17 seconds

'Rolfe Johnson is in superb voice … this disc is an outstanding example of his artistry' (Gramophone)

'A superlative Hyperion disc … most notable is the Hyperion team presided over by Anthony Rolfe Johnson, whose 1991 recording has become one of the jewels in the record label's crown … Rolfe Johnson's pairing with countertenor Michael Chance in Abraham and Isaac is deeply moving as they enact what is essentially a miniature drama, and the tenor's mellifluous singing is a joy throughout this disc' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Un superbe disque d'approfondissement de la musique de Britten' (EcouterVoir, France)

Evening Hymn, Z193
First line:
Now that the sun hath veiled his light
composer
1688; Now that the sun hath veiled his light 'An evening hymn on a ground'
composer
1947; realization of piano part
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In the black dismal dungeon of despair and Evening hymn (‘Now that the sun hath veiled his light’) both appear in Book 1 of Harmonia Sacra: or, Divine Hymns and Dialogues, first published in 1688. The words of both are by Dr William Fuller (‘late Lord Bishop of Lincoln’) and are devotional pieces, the first being a plea for mercy and redemption, and the second, ostensibly a prayer on going to bed, has allegorical implications of the feeling of resignation in the face of death, so that the ‘evening’ referred to could well be the twilight of life itself. Purcell sets these subtle words to an expressive melody over a five-bar ground bass, with slowly-changing harmonies, sensitively realized by Britten in his piano interpretation.

from notes by Michael Short © 1992


Other albums featuring this work
'Britten: Complete Purcell Realizations' (CDD22058)
Britten: Complete Purcell Realizations
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