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Evening Hymn, Z193
First line:
Now that the sun hath veiled his light
composer
1688; Now that the sun hath veiled his light 'An evening hymn on a ground'
composer
1947; realization of piano part
author of text

Recordings
'Britten: Complete Purcell Realizations' (CDD22058)
Britten: Complete Purcell Realizations
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'Britten: The Five Canticles' (CDH55244)
Britten: The Five Canticles
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55244  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 8 on CDH55244 [4'17] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 6 on CDD22058 CD2 [4'35] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Evening Hymn, Z193
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In the black dismal dungeon of despair and Evening hymn (‘Now that the sun hath veiled his light’) both appear in Book 1 of Harmonia Sacra: or, Divine Hymns and Dialogues, first published in 1688. The words of both are by Dr William Fuller (‘late Lord Bishop of Lincoln’) and are devotional pieces, the first being a plea for mercy and redemption, and the second, ostensibly a prayer on going to bed, has allegorical implications of the feeling of resignation in the face of death, so that the ‘evening’ referred to could well be the twilight of life itself. Purcell sets these subtle words to an expressive melody over a five-bar ground bass, with slowly-changing harmonies, sensitively realized by Britten in his piano interpretation.

from notes by Michael Short © 1992

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Details for CDH55244 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-49808
Duration
4'17
Recording date
29 April 1991
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Britten: The Five Canticles (CDA66498)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: March 1992
    Deletion date: August 2005
    Superseded by CDH55244
  2. Britten: The Five Canticles (CDH55244)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: October 2006
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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