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I said to Love, Op 19b

composer
collected posthumously by Finzi's executors and first performed by John Carol Case and Howard Ferguson on 27 January 1957
author of text

 
I said to Love was gathered and grouped, after Finzi’s premature death, by his executors. Three songs date from Finzi’s last year. ‘At Middle-Field Gate’ shows a welcome extension of his harmonic range, but, like ‘In five-score summers’, it ends in Hardy’s gloomy vein. The last two songs are more astringent. The resolution of ‘For Life I had never cared greatly’ is carried lightly. For ‘I said to Love’ Finzi found an unusual vigour and defiance which—though apparently contradicting Hardy’s words ‘We are too old in apathy!’—strike absolutely to the underlying mood of the poem. After the first performance by John Carol Case and Howard Ferguson on 27 January 1957, Vaughan Williams wrote: ‘As regards Gerald’s new songs, the first and the last hit the nail in my head right away.’

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

Recordings

Finzi: Earth and air and rain
CDD220702CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Details

No 1: I need not go
Track 18 on CDD22070 CD1 [1'34] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 2: At Middle-Field Gate in February  The bars are thick with drops that show
Track 19 on CDD22070 CD1 [3'25] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 3: Two Lips  I kissed them in fancy as I came away in the morning glow
Track 20 on CDD22070 CD1 [0'50] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 4: In five-score summers
Track 21 on CDD22070 CD1 [1'36] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 5: For Life I had never cared greatly
Track 22 on CDD22070 CD1 [2'07] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 6: I said to Love
Track 23 on CDD22070 CD1 [3'01] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Track-specific metadata for CDD22070 disc 1 track 20

No 3: Two Lips
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-16120
Duration
0'50
Recording date
20 December 1984
Recording venue
The New Concert Hall, University of South Wales, Cardiff,
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Finzi: Earth and air and rain (CDA66161/2)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: January 1990
    Deletion date: February 2008
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22070
  2. Finzi: Earth and air and rain (CDD22070)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: August 2009
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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