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Benjamin Britten / Ralph Vaughan Williams / Gerald Finzi / Roger Quilter

Yves Saelens / Inge Spinette

This Wing'd Hour, Song cycles by Vaughan Williams, Britten & Finzi

  • Type CD
  • Label Phaedra
  • UPC 5412327292276
  • Catalog number PH 292027
  • Release date 28 March 2014
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The four composers on this CD, though they each have their own individuality, nevertheless have a lot more in common
than the period in which they wrote these song cycles, the first half of the 20th century. Most noticeable,
perhaps, is their Englishness. Naturally this is not as evident in their instrumental music (although there is some justification in affirming the Englishness of all of Vaughan Williams’s music). But it is obvious in their vocal music,
and it is so striking in their song writing that their songs (including the ones on this CD) have had a hard time getting
known outside English speaking countries. Appreciating them depends to a considerable extent on familiarity with the English language, which these four composers set with great sensitivity. In the case of the first three, this sensitivity
must owe something—or perhaps a great deal—to their thorough knowledge and great love of the English folk song.
However, these song cycles are definitely art songs, set to sophisticated poetry, and though their vocal lines are
idiomatic, many are quite demanding.

 

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    1
    To Julia, Op.8 Prelude
     
    00:49
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    2
    To Julia, Op.8 The Bracelet
     
    02:01
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    3
    To Julia, Op.8 The Maiden Blush
     
    01:50
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    4
    To Julia, Op.8 To Daisies
     
    02:19
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    5
    To Julia, Op.8 The Night Piece
     
    01:41
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    6
    To Julia, Op.8 Julia’s Hair
     
    01:46
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    To Julia, Op.8 Interlude
     
    00:24
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    8
    To Julia, Op.8 Cherry Ripe
     
    02:14
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    9
    The House of Life Love-­?sight
     
    03:40
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    10
    The House of Life Silent Noon
     
    04:11
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    11
    The House of Life Love’s Minstrels
     
    04:26
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    12
    The House of Life Heart’s Haven
     
    02:57
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    13
    The House of Life Death In Love
     
    04:15
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    14
    The House of Life Love’s Last Gift
     
    03:41
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    15
    Let us Garlands bring, Op. 18 Come Away, Come Away, Death
     
    03:18
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    16
    Let us Garlands bring, Op. 18 Who is Silvia?
     
    01:25
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    Let us Garlands bring, Op. 18 Fear No More The Heat O’The Sun
     
    04:49
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    Let us Garlands bring, Op. 18 O Mistress Mine
     
    01:53
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    Let us Garlands bring, Op. 18 It Was A Lover And His Lass
     
    02:41
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    On this Island, Op. 11 Let The Florid Music Praise!
     
    03:48
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    21
    On this Island, Op. 11 Now The Leaves Are Falling Fast
     
    02:01
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    On this Island, Op. 11 Seascape
     
    02:08
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    On this Island, Op. 11 Nocturne
     
    04:00
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    On this Island, Op. 11 As It Is, Plenty
     
    01:30

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