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Track(s) taken from CDD22071

All things that we clasp and cherish

21 January 1907
author of text
Was wir leiblich fest besessen, from Schattenküsse, Schattenliebe
translator of text

Janice Watson (soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: January 1997
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 1997
Total duration: 1 minutes 38 seconds

Cover artwork: Alby, Norfolk by John Middleton (1827-1856)
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

The Heine solo setting All things that we clasp and cherish is concerned with one of the composer’s perennial subjects: the inevitable decay of beauty. The first verse is, perhaps wisely, omitted by Bridge:

Shadow-love and shadow kisses,
Life of shadows, wondrous strange!
Shall all hours be sweet as this is,
Silly darling, safe from change?

As a result he is forced to set the second verse twice, one four-line stanza being somewhat short for a whole song; the music is so arranged that the repetition is not immediately obvious.

from notes by Michael Pilkington © 1997

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