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Three Songs to poems by Thomas Hardy

First line:
I sang that song on Sunday
author of text

For all the apparent lightness of the setting, coloured by a gentle melancholy, Summer Schemes as a poem carries the very hallmark of fatalism, personal insecurity, fear of commitment to the future. There may be feverish excitement at making plans for exploring the world of nature once summer comes, 'but who shall say what may not chance before that day'. In Her Song, the female voice tells of how a favourite song served her through bright and despairing days. In the simple, mildly chromatic accompaniment Ireland demonstrates once again that less is sometimes more. Weathers dances along in a jaunty triplet rhythm marked 'Allegretto pastorale', the song simply contrasting fair weather and foul.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999


Ireland: Songs
The exquisite hour
Studio Master: SIGCD072Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: Summer schemes
Track 26 on CDA67261/2 CD1 [2'14] 2CDs
No 2: Her song
Track 27 on CDA67261/2 CD1 [2'39] 2CDs
Track 20 on SIGCD072 [2'57] Download only
No 3: Weathers
Track 28 on CDA67261/2 CD1 [2'11] 2CDs

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD072 track 20

Her song
Recording date
3 October 2005
Recording venue
St John's, Smith Square, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. The exquisite hour (SIGCD072)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: February 2006
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