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Oh fair to see, Op 13b No 2

1929; part of the posthumously assembled Op 13b entitled Oh fair to see
author of text

Oh fair to see is an aphoristic construction consisting of no more than two extended vocal phrases. Here, however, Finzi’s style has a greater contrapuntal succinctness (notably in the accompaniment), and the prose-like delivery of the vocal line with its careful placing of syllable and rhythm looks forward to the more spacious canvas of Intimations of Immortality which Finzi produced for the Gloucester Festival in 1950.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble 2001


Finzi: Oh fair to see & other songs
CKD253Download only
On this Island
CDA67227Archive Service
Songs by Finzi and his Friends


Track 11 on CDA67227 [1'21] Archive Service
Track 16 on CDH55084 [1'07]
Track 2 on CKD253 [1'45] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67227 track 11

Recording date
17 August 2000
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. On this Island (CDA67227)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: May 2001
    Deletion date: September 2006
    Archive Service
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