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O little rose, O dark rose

author of text
from The Book of the Rose

O little rose, O dark rose by Canadian composer Gerda Blok-Wilson sets a poem by another Canadian, Charles Roberts. The words express a mutual love that cannot be: one is free-spirited and ‘Carmenesque’, the other is from the ‘other side of the world’ and yearns to be with this ‘little rose’. Blok-Wilson was attracted to this poem for both its sweet and dark elements, each of which are brought out through sensitive and delicate writing, creating a piece with the timeless quality of a folk song.

from notes by Owain Park © 2020


Studio Master: CDA68285Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 17 on CDA68285 [4'39]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68285 track 17

Recording date
23 February 2019
Recording venue
St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Fading (CDA68285)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: April 2020
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