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Seven poems of Robert Bridges, Op 17

First line:
Beautiful must be the mountains whence ye come
composer
1934/7; unaccompanied; Nos 1, 3, 4 & 7: SATB; No 2: SAT; Nos 5 & 6: SSATB
author of text

 
Finzi himself was dissatisfied with the Seven poems of Robert Bridges, as a letter to his friend Robin Milford shows. One difficulty here is that Bridges was almost exclusively a poet of the first person singular, so that setting his lyric poems chorally requires a composer to preserve the sense of a single composite voice. Finzi’s scrupulous respect for text shows in his limiting the imitative divergences whereby textures can be enlivened and pacing regulated—but words potentially obfuscated. Since songs one to six are all in a major key, and the seventh ambivalently poised between minor and major, it cannot be said that Finzi made things easier for himself. However, each of these sensitive, melodically disarming miniatures is attractive in itself, and the third of them lastingly popular, while in the sixth, ‘Haste on’ evokes from Finzi an apt canonic rhythm whereby the upper voices seem to be perpetually nudging the lower ones along. The only true problem here lies in programming the group in toto rather than individually; and therefore their perfect collective context is arguably a recording, not a live concert.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2019

Recordings

Finzi: Choral works
CDA682222 August 2019 Release
Time and its Passing
Studio Master: SIGCD445Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

No 1: I praise the tender flower
Track 8 on CDA68222 [2'13] 2 August 2019 Release
No 2: I have loved flowers that fade
Track 9 on CDA68222 [2'52] 2 August 2019 Release
No 3: My spirit sang all day
Track 10 on CDA68222 [1'42] 2 August 2019 Release
No 4: Clear and gentle stream
Track 11 on CDA68222 [4'01] 2 August 2019 Release
No 5: Nightingales  Beautiful must be the mountains whence ye come
Track 12 on CDA68222 [2'55] 2 August 2019 Release
No 6: Haste on, my joys!
Track 13 on CDA68222 [1'57] 2 August 2019 Release
Track 6 on SIGCD445 [1'59] Download only
No 7: Wherefore tonight so full of care
Track 14 on CDA68222 [3'26] 2 August 2019 Release

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