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The other possible unifying theme is to do with a reading of the texts where everything is to do with fear of betrayal (Nos 1 and 2), suffering as a result of a doomed love affair (Nos 3, 4, and 5), or an overwhelming sense of permanent exclusion and icy isolation (Nos 5, 6 and 7). Whether the composer deliberately planned this collection to capture these moods, or whether he simply responded more readily and more regularly to poetry of this kind, is a moot point.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 2010
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