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Track(s) taken from CDA67778

This way to the tomb

First line:
The red fox, the sun, tears the throat of the evening
composer
completed October 1945; incidental music to the 'masque and anti-masque'; first published in 1988
author of text

Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)
Recording details: December 2008
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 2010
Total duration: 4 minutes 35 seconds

Cover artwork: The Tyger (plate 42 from Songs of Innocence and of Experience, copy AA, P.125-1950.pt42) (c1815/26) by William Blake (1757-1827)
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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2
Morning  [1'06]
3
Night  [1'44]

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Ian Bostridge (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)

Reviews

'Finley as ever acquits himself as a fine singer, a conscientious artist and a thoroughly reliable musician … Julius Drake is the superb pianist' (Gramophone)

'Fischer-Dieskau's recording from 1965 carries massive authority, but this new recording tops it … everythng [Finley] sings has a feeling of emotional truth, without any artfulness. That's a great asset in these songs … Finley makes Blake's aphorisms ring out with the force of an Old Testament prophet' (The Daily Telegraph)

'If you want to know, or simply need reminding, why Gerald Finley is up there in the Premier League of baritone recitalists then strike out for the final five songs on this magnificent new recording … [Songs and Proverbs of William Blake] originally written for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Finley proves himself the equal of his noble predecessor, both in expressivity and emotional weight. How good it is to have this difficult music available in such a fine modern performance … it is a mark of the quality of these two fine artists that everything on this new release should sound newly minted' (International Record Review)

'Gerald Finley sings them all with such an unwaveringly beautiful tone and attention to every syllable, and pianist Julian Drake is so wonderfully attuned to the baritone's inflections … Finley comes into his own in the final Every Night and Every Morn, and Drake's handling of the powerfully wrought accompaniments is superb. Those who have followed them through their series of 20th-century songs for Hyperion (Barber, Ives, Ravel previously) won't be disappointed with this one either' (The Guardian)

'The Canadian baritone has already impressed with his outstanding diction in three albums of North American song for Hyperion. Now he turns to the repertoire that Britten wrote for two of his favourite baritones: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau) and Tit for Tat (John Shirley-Quirk) … Tit for Tat displays the young composer's prodigious melodic gift and his savour of words. Finley's noble baritone is a richer-coloured instrument than Shirley-Quirk's … in the Blake settings, Finley naturally sounds more at home with the English texts than Fischer-Dieskau ever did … Finley's watchwords are directness and clarity, both of which come across to splendid effect in the folk-song arrangements … Drake is his admirable partner in this outstanding enterprise' (The Sunday Times)

'This marvellous CD showcases the songs Britten wrote for the baritones Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, John Shirley-Quirk and Benjamin Luxon—music that Finley, at the peak of his very considerable powers, makes his own with the pianist Julius Drake … Finley lends it [Songs and Proverbs of William Blake] the very beauty and intelligence and ecstatic vocalism it needs, without the mannerisms of Fischer-Dieskau' (Financial Times)
The triptych ‘Evening’, ‘Morning’ and ‘Night’ (first published in 1988) originally formed part of the incidental music Britten composed in 1945 for the Masque and Anti-Masque of This Way to the Tomb, a play by Ronald Duncan, who in the following year went on to provide the libretto for Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia.

from notes by Arnold Cooke © 2010

À l’origine, le triptyque «Evening», «Morning» et «Night» (paru pour la première fois en 1988) faisait partie de la musique de scène que Britten composa en 1945 pour le Masque et l’Anti-Masque de This Way to the Tomb, une pièce de Ronald Duncan—lequel lui fournira, l’année suivante, le livret de son opéra The Rape of Lucretia.

extrait des notes rédigées par Mervyn Cooke © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Das zuerst 1988 veröffentlichte Triptychon von „Evening“, „Morning“ und „Night“ gehörte ursprünglich zu der von Britten 1945 komponierten Zwischenmusik für die Masque und Anti-Masque des Theaterstücks This Way to the Tomb von Ronald Duncan, der im folgenden Jahr das Libretto für Brittens Oper The Rape of Lucretia lieferte.

aus dem Begleittext von Mervyn Cooke © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

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