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Before and After Summer, Op 16

composer
first performed by Robert Irwin and Frederick Stone in a BBC broadcast on 17 October 1949
author of text

 
Before and After Summer contains two of Finzi’s finest ‘vision’ images: the delicate dream-dance in ‘The Self-Unseeing’ and the urgent dissolving modulations of ‘In the Mind’s Eye’. In this set too is the improbable ‘Channel Firing’, a long dramatic piece in which, undaunted by Hardy’s immense subject and his colloquial expression of it, Finzi through-composes nine verses with only the gunfire figure and a little melodic phrase to hold them together. This set was first performed by Robert Irwin and Frederick Stone in a BBC broadcast on 17 October 1949.

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 01: Childhood among the Ferns  I sat one sprinkling day upon the lea
Track 11 on CDD22070 CD2 [3'19] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 02: Before and After Summer  Looking forward to the spring
Track 12 on CDD22070 CD2 [2'29] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 03: The Self-Unseeing  Here is the ancient floor, footworn and hollowed and thin
Track 13 on CDD22070 CD2 [2'30] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 04: Overlooking the River  The swallows flew in the curves of an eight
Track 14 on CDD22070 CD2 [2'24] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 05: Channel Firing  That night your great guns, unawares
Track 15 on CDD22070 CD2 [6'05] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 06: In the Mind's Eye  That was once her casement, and the taper nigh
Track 16 on CDD22070 CD2 [1'46] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 07: The Too Short Time  Nine leaves a minute swim down shakily
Track 17 on CDD22070 CD2 [2'53] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 08: Epeisodia  Past the hills that peep
Track 18 on CDD22070 CD2 [1'59] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 09: Amabel  I marked her ruined hues
Track 19 on CDD22070 CD2 [2'45] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 10: He Abjures Love  At last I put off love, for twice ten years
Track 20 on CDD22070 CD2 [4'09] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Track-specific metadata for CDD22070 disc 2 track 12

No 2: Before and After Summer
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-16212
Duration
2'29
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 2 Track 12
    Release date: January 1990
    Deletion date: February 2008
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22070
  2. Finzi: Earth and air and rain (CDD22070)
    Disc 2 Track 12
    Release date: August 2009
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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