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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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Ah! sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found thee; Ah! I know at last the secret of it all; All the longing; striving, seeking, waiting, yearning, The burning hopes, the joys and idle tears that fall!
For ’tis love, and love alone, the world is seeking; And it’s love, and love alone, that can repay; ’Tis the answer, ’tis the end and all of living, For it is love alone that rules for aye!
Rida Johnson Young (1875-1926)
Even as a child I loved to ‘belt out’ Victor Herbert’s Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life. I sang it first with orchestra in 1948 on the CBS radio programme ‘We the People’, then again a year or two later—in the days of early television—on ‘The Paul Whiteman Show’ which came from WFIL-TV in Philadelphia. The Dublin-born Herbert, another immigrant to America, wrote the piece for his 1910 operetta Naughty Manetta. I have always been moved by the song’s unabashed ardour and though I have performed it hundreds of times over the years, it still has the power to inspire me when I sing it today.