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The voice of desire

composer
2003

 
Alice Coote was the dedicatee of The voice of desire (2003), which takes its title from its opening song, about nightingales, by Robert Bridges. Each of the four poems in the cycle (by Bridges, Hardy and Keats, alongside a Yoruba Huntsmen’s song) is sung by a bird, whose perspective is more sophisticated than its uncomprehending human listener realises. The nightingale lives in a darker emotional world than we can imagine; the blue cuckoo knows that the wars we blunder into will bring destruction; the thrush sings joyfully whilst we are mentally blank; the dove has died rather than face emotional suffocation from its adoring owner.

from notes by Judith Weir © 2006

Recordings

Weir: On buying a horse & other songs
SIGCD087Download only

Details

No 1: The voice of desire  Beautiful must be the mountains whence ye come
Track 12 on SIGCD087 [4'05] Download only
No 2: White eggs in the bush  The blue cuckoo
Track 13 on SIGCD087 [2'48] Download only
No 3: Written on terrestrial things  I leant upon a coppice gate
Track 14 on SIGCD087 [3'19] Download only
No 4: Sweet little red feet  I had a dove and the sweet dove died
Track 15 on SIGCD087 [1'26] Download only

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