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Hyperion Records

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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: 15 minutes 51 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)

Till Earth outwears, Op 19a
collected posthumously by Finzi's executors and first performed by Wilfred Brown and Howard Ferguson on 21 February 1958
author of text

Till Earth outwears was gathered and grouped, after Finzi’s premature death, by his executors. The first performance was by Wilfred Brown and Howard Ferguson on 21 February 1958. ‘The Market-Girl’ shows his parlando, conversational style at its best; here is tenderness, a humorous chuckle and—unusually—a triumphant end. In the next song the words are as cunningly disposed, but to a bitter end as passion throbs in an old body.

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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