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Great things

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Thomas Hardy's poetry and John Ireland's music were in many ways made for each other—most essentially in terms of the introspection and fatalism common to both, factors which also made Hardy the perfect inspiration for the composer Gerald Finzi. The surprise is that it took Ireland quite so long to set words by one of his favourite writers, whose work he must have known for many years. Amusingly though, Ireland's first Hardy setting—which in a way opened the floodgates—was'as convivial and extrovert a song as he wrote. Great Things (1925, three years before Hardy's death in his eighties) is Saturday-night-down-the-pub stuff (Ireland was a keen drinker), tipsy from the piano part in the very first bar (excuse the pun). The song extols the virtues of cider, dancing … and most of all, Love, which flies in the face of death.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999


Ireland: Songs
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Recording date
1 September 1998
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Mike Clements & Mike Hatch
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  1. Ireland: Songs (CDA67261/2)
    Disc 1 Track 30
    Release date: June 1999
    2CDs Last few CD copies remaining
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