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The Aviary

composer
1966

 
The cycle of five poems about birds entitled The Aviary, by authors such as John Clare and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is an early work, composed in 1965. It has become one of Bennett’s best-established lyric sequences through its ideally singable, melodically direct idiom, which has made it (and also its companion cycle from the same period, Insect World) a favourite with amateur choirs.

from notes by Malcolm MacDonald © 2012

Recordings

Bennett (RR): Letters to Lindbergh & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD325Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

No 1: The bird's lament  Oh, says the linnet, if I sing
Track 6 on SIGCD325 [2'04] Download only
No 2: The owl  When cats run home and light is come
Track 7 on SIGCD325 [1'08] Download only
No 3: The early nightingale  When first we hear the shy come nightingales
Track 8 on SIGCD325 [2'17] Download only
No 4: The widow bird  A widow bird sate mourning for her love
Track 9 on SIGCD325 [1'42] Download only
No 5: The lark  Do you ask what the birds say?
Track 10 on SIGCD325 [1'09] Download only

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