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The darkling thrush

author of text

After leaving university, I taught English for a while, and it was a particular joy to bring Hardy’s novels alive to my students. His descriptions of rural life are second to none, and I am sure that reading aloud long passages of his prose is one of the things which awakened the creative spirit within me. The darkling thrush is a beautiful poem, full of wonderful imagery describing the coldest of winters. Winter is my favourite season; and these words conjure up all that is stark and beautiful about a frost-hardened landscape. The thrush warms the poet’s heart and seems to sing of a Hope beyond his knowing.

from notes by Patrick Hawes © 2009


Hawes: Fair Albion
SIGCD178Download only


Track 14 on SIGCD178 [5'08] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD178 track 14

Recording date
4 June 2009
Recording venue
Air Studios, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Alexander Van Ingen
Recording engineer
Nick Taylor & Tom Bullen
Hyperion usage
  1. Hawes: Fair Albion (SIGCD178)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: November 2009
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