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Spring Sonnets

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Bardsley’s two exquisite poems, Spring Sonnets, are set to music by Parry, written for and dedicated to the BBC Singers. Whilst Bardsley’s poems might be conceived to be set to music, listeners to this disc should take some time to read them out loud for themselves and revel in the musical arc and the structure of the written texts. Parry’s approach to these poems is complex: we move through different metres, rhythms, tempi, tessiturae; and, we are introduced to chromaticism and harmonic invention which further beautify Bardsley’s art. The aesthetic union of poet and composer is—perhaps, unconsciously—alluded to in the closing lines of the second sonnet: ‘If blind to transformations such as this, What other precious moments might I miss? ’

from notes by Richard Longman © 2020


Parry: The Hours - Choral Music by Ben Parry
Studio Master: SIGCD629Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: The ground lies hard beneath the frozen sleet
Track 6 on SIGCD629 [2'41] Download only
No 2: This morning, Spring appeared and though well known
Track 7 on SIGCD629 [3'25] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD629 track 7

This morning, Spring appeared and though well known
Recording date
29 March 2019
Recording venue
Keble College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Parry
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell & David Hinitt
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  1. Parry: The Hours - Choral Music by Ben Parry (SIGCD629)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: May 2020
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