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Oh fair to see, Op 13b No 2

composer
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

Recordings

On this Island
CDA67227Archive Service
Songs by Finzi and his Friends
CDH55084Composers of World War I

Details

Track 11 on CDA67227 [1'21] Archive Service
Track 16 on CDH55084 [1'07] Composers of World War I

Track-specific metadata for CDH55084 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-81-01516
Duration
1'07
Recording date
8 February 1981
Recording venue
Art Workers Guild, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Songs by Finzi and his Friends (CDA66015)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: March 1991
    Deletion date: April 2003
    Superseded by CDH55084
  2. Songs by Finzi and his Friends (CDH55084)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: April 2003
    Composers of World War I
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