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Derwent Fells and Newlands Valley, Cumbria.
Photograph by Norman Feakins / Power Pix
Track(s) taken from CDD22070
Recording details: December 1984
The New Concert Hall, University of South Wales, Cardiff,
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: January 1990
Total duration: 29 minutes 40 seconds

'There are so many really subtle and distinguished performances in this set, and so much sheerly beautiful singing, that I shall be listening to it often over the years' (Gramophone)

'These are marvellous songs' (The Oxford Times)

Earth and Air and Rain, Op 15
composer
published in 1936; first performed on 2 July 1945 by Robert Irwin and Gerald Moore
author of text

Introduction
Earth and Air and Rain, published in 1936, was not performed complete till 2 July 1945, by Robert Irwin and Gerald Moore. In ‘Lyonnesse’ and ‘The Phantom’ Finzi has composed what might be called enhanced ballads. Both have swinging tunes which carry their narratives, but their form is modified to reflect change. Both concern Hardy and his wife Emma: his first dazzling meeting with her, his sad return to his Lyonnesse after her death. ‘The Clock of the Years’ balances both songs, musically by dramatic recitative, and in content: in it the man’s age is constant, the woman’s alters—disastrously. The final song brings acceptance of the ever-lasting cycle of the seasons.

from notes by Diana McVeagh © 1989
Diana McVeagh’s Gerald Finzi: His Life and Music is published by Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge

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'A Treasury of English Song' (HYP30)
A Treasury of English Song
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