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Track(s) taken from CDD22058
Recording details: January 1995
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: September 1995
Total duration: 4 minutes 35 seconds

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

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Michael Chance (countertenor), Roger Vignoles (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


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'Britten: The Five Canticles' (CDH55244)
Britten: The Five Canticles
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