Earth and Air and Rain (Songs by Gerald Finzi to words of Thomas Hardy)

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Earth and Air and Rain (Songs by Gerald Finzi to words of Thomas Hardy)
Martyn Hill (tenor) Stephen Varcoe (baritone) Clifford Benson (piano)

[ Hyperion Dyad / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 1 September 2009

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"You can't go wrong with this recording of these immensely beautiful and brilliantly-crafted songs."
(MusicWeb Oct 2010)

'These are marvellous songs' (Oxford Times)

'There are so many really subtle and distinguished performances in this set, and so much sheerly beautiful singing, that I shall be listening to it often over the years' (Gramophone)

"You can't go wrong with this recording of these immensely beautiful and brilliantly-crafted songs."
(MusicWeb Oct 2010)

Martyn Hill has established a reputation as one of Britain's leading tenors and his career has taken him to many parts of the world, working with such conductors as Ashkenazy, Atherton, Hickox, Marriner, Menuhin, Muti, Ozawa, Previn, Sanderling and Sawallisch.
His repertoire in recital, concert and opera is large, ranging from the Baroque to contemporary music. Operatic roles have included Idomeneo, Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Flamand (Capriccio) and Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress), while recent concert performances have included Berlioz' Grande Messe des Morts, Bruckner's Te Deum, Tippett's A Child of our Time, Britten's War Requiem, Serenade, Spring Symphony and Nocturne, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis. Martyn Hill has made some ninety recordings including a Schubert recital with Graham Johnson as part of Hyperion's ten-year project to record all the composer's songs, and, most recently, a CD of Tippett's songs to mark the composer's ninetieth birthday.

Tracks:

EARTH AND AIR AND RAIN op 15
sung by Stephen Varcoe
Summer Schemes [2'29]
When I set out for Lyonesse [2'02]
Waiting Both 1929 [3'12]
The Phantom 1932 [3'18]
So I have fared 1928 [2'29]
Rollicum-rorum [1'32]
To Lizbie Browne [4'21]
The Clock of the Years [3'55]
In a Churchyard 1932 [3'19]
Proud Songsters 1929/1932 [3'03]

TILL EARTH OUTWEARS op 19a
sung by Martyn Hill
Let me enjoy the earth before 1936 [2'07]
In years defaced 1936 [3'23]
The Market-Girl 1927, revised 1940 [1'35]
I look into my glass 1937? [2'05]
It never looks like summer here 1956 [1'05]
At a lunar eclipse 1929, revited 1941 [3'33]
Life laughs onward 1955 [2'00]

I SAID TO LOVE op 19b
sung by Stephen Varcoe
I need not go before 1936 [1'34]
At Middle-Field Gate in February 1956 [3'25]
Two Lips 1928 [0'50]
In five-score summers 1956 [1'36]
For life I had never cared greatly [2'07]
I said to Love 1956 [3'01]

COMPACT DISC 2

A YOUNG MAN'S EXHORTATION op 14
sung by Martyn Hill
A Young Man's Exhortation 1926? [3'11]
Ditty 1925 [2'52]
Budmouth Dears 1929 [1'34]
Her Temple 1927 [1'58]
The Comet at Yell'ham 1927 [3'17]
Shortening Days 1928 [3'07]
The Sigh 1928 [3'47]
Former Beauties 1927 [3'03]
Transformations 1929 [1'24]
The Dance Continued [3'58]

BEFORE AND AFTER SUMMER op 16
sung by Stephen Varcoe
Childhood among the ferns 1947/8? [3'19]
Before and after summer [2'29]
The Self-Unseeing 1949 [2'30]
Overlooking the River before 1940 [2'24]
Channel Firing 1940 [6'05]
In the Mind's Eye [1'46]
The Too Short Time 1949 [2'53]
Epeisodia [1'59]
Amabel 1932 [2'45]
He abjures love 1931 [4'09]