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June Night, Op 51 No 2

First line:
The sunset burns along the hill
author of text

June Night, written in 1901, is one of the loveliest discoveries I have ever made in my endless library searches. Its New England-born composer, Horatio Parker (teacher of Charles Ives), was best known at the turn of the century for his oratorio Hora Novissima. Though brief, June Night expresses an almost Wagnerian voluptuousness which makes it thrilling to sing. Venus, in the curled arm of the moon, bends down at midnight to the sea’s strong, throbbing breast. The tension builds up to the exclaimed release, ‘Venus, thou art a light o’ love!’

from notes by Robert White 1997


Sure on this shining night


Track 27 on CDA66920 [1'38]

Track-specific metadata for CDA66920 track 27

Recording date
31 July 1996
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Sure on this shining night (CDA66920)
    Disc 1 Track 27
    Release date: April 1997
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