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FINZI: Young Man's Exhortation (A) / Till Earth Outwears / Oh Fair to See (English Song, Vol. 16)

Composer(s):Finzi, Gerald
Artist(s) Burnside, Iain, piano • Ainsley, John Mark, tenor
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.570414
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


Gerald Finzi made an unrivalled contribution to British twentieth-century song-writing, especially in his settings of Thomas Hardy, his favourite poet. This third and final volume of Finzi songs includes two Hardy settings, A Young Man’s Exhortation and Till Earth Outwears, which share the poet’s preoccupation with the ‘passing preciousness of dreams’, the transience of life and death itself. The posthumously published Oh Fair to see draws on various authors, from Christina Rossetti to Blunden and Bridges. Volumes 1 and 2 of the complete Finzi songs with piano are available on Naxos 8.557644 and 8.557963.


   




Review By William Yeoman,Limelight Magazine,September 2007

If song was at the centre of English composer Gerald Finzi’s music, then Thomas Hardy’s poetry was at the centre of his songwriting…Of the three groups of songs recorded here, A Young Man’s Exhortation is the only genuine cycle; Till Earth Outwears and Oh Fair to See are posthumous collections. The latter features settings of poems by Christina Rossetti, Ivor gurney and Robert Bridges, as well as by Hardy. Tenor John Mark Ainsley and pianist Iain Burnside, both very experienced song recitalists in their respective fields, bring out the relationship between text and music with great clarity. There’s a real sense of mystery and sadness in ‘The Comet at Yell’ham’, both in the vocal line and in the often

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Review By UK,Naxos,June 2007

�A Young Man�s Exhortion is winsome and wistful, while Till Earth Outwears has a more worldly charm.� Review in The Financial Times by Andrew Clark, 16th June

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Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2007

In the world of song we find Gerald Finzi following in the footsteps of Vaughan Williams and taking music forward to the era of Benjamin Britten. Born in 1901, a person of gentle personality who lived much of his life in the British countryside, the pastoral atmosphere he loved coming though in his music, though his songs often reflect the immense sadness that affected his young life. When setting the words of Thomas Hardy - his favourite poet - he shares the writer's bleak fatalism and the injustice of the way mankind treats its kinfolk. He was only twenty-five when he started work on the extended song-cycle, A Young Man's Exhortations, its ten songs divided in two parts, words oscillating between hope and sorrow, the two combining in the

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