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Oh Fair to see: Songs by English Composers

Donald Kaasch, Peter Lockwood

Oh Fair to see: Songs by English Composers

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Globe
UPC: 8711525520202
Catnr: GLO 5202
Release date: 19 August 2002
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Label
Globe
UPC
8711525520202
Catalogue number
GLO 5202
Release date
19 August 2002
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About the album

Onbekende Engelse liederen uitgevoerd door de ideale interpreet
Dit is een album met repertoire dat deels onbekend is, zelfs voor ingewijden, uitgevoerd door een zanger die niet tot de beroemdste behoort, ondanks zijn zeer indrukwekkende kwalificaties. De kern van deze opname bestaat uit de twee liedboeken van Gerarld Finzi, een componist die op dit moment opnieuw ontdekt wordt, en erkend wordt als een van de grote componisten van liederen uit de 20e eeuw. Dan is er Vaughan Williams; hoeveel mensen weten dat zijn meest beroemde lied "Silent Noon" uit zijn cyclus The House of Light komt? De complete cyclus is op dit album opgenomen. Benjamin Britten is natuurlijk bekend, maar zijn vroege lied On this Island is niet onder zijn bekendste werken, waar het eigenlijk wel thuis hoort.

De Amerikaanse tenor Donald Kaasch is de ideale interpreet voor deze liederen: het is een sterke, mannelijk klinkende zanger met een diep inzicht in deze werken. Hij laat ze net zo fris en vernieuwend klinken als op de dag dat ze voor het eerst werden uitgevoerd.

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Composer(s)

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten is one most important British composers from the second half of the twentieth century. Remarkably, he focused on opera, a dying genre, at least in its current form. Britten's contributions however, among which Peter Grimes, The Rape of Lucretia, Gloriana, The Turn of the Screw, and Death in Venice, managed to remain core repertoire for opera companies to this day. Many of these productions included a role for his artistic partner and life companion Peter Pears. Britten also wrote a number of lieder for this tenor, among which his Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra. Yet, Britten excelled in many more genres. He wasn't even 20 years old when he composed his brilliant Phantasy for hobo quartet and his friendship with...
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Benjamin Britten is one most important British composers from the second half of the twentieth century. Remarkably, he focused on opera, a dying genre, at least in its current form. Britten's contributions however, among which Peter Grimes, The Rape of Lucretia, Gloriana, The Turn of the Screw, and Death in Venice, managed to remain core repertoire for opera companies to this day. Many of these productions included a role for his artistic partner and life companion Peter Pears. Britten also wrote a number of lieder for this tenor, among which his Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra. Yet, Britten excelled in many more genres. He wasn't even 20 years old when he composed his brilliant Phantasy for hobo quartet and his friendship with the legendary cellist Rostropovich led to a Cello sonata, three Suites for cello solo and a Symphony for Cello and orchestra in the 1960s.

Britten never became Master of the Queen's Music, yet he surely had feeling for public sentiments. For example, as a pacifist, he taught his people about world peace through his War Requiem from 1962. Britten was an excellent interpreter of his own work, just like Bartók and Stravinsky. Many of his recordings have been matched, but never exceeded.


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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams was an English composer and folk song collector. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over nearly fifty years. Strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk-song, his output marked a decisive break in British music from its German-dominated style of the 19th century. He wrote many works for amateur and student performance. He was musically a late developer, not finding his true voice until his late thirties; his studies in 1907–08 with the French composer Maurice Ravel helped him clarify the textures of his music. Vaughan Williams is among the best-known British symphonists, noted for his very wide range of moods, from stormy and impassioned to...
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Ralph Vaughan Williams was an English composer and folk song collector. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over nearly fifty years. Strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk-song, his output marked a decisive break in British music from its German-dominated style of the 19th century.
He wrote many works for amateur and student performance. He was musically a late developer, not finding his true voice until his late thirties; his studies in 1907–08 with the French composer Maurice Ravel helped him clarify the textures of his music.
Vaughan Williams is among the best-known British symphonists, noted for his very wide range of moods, from stormy and impassioned to tranquil, from mysterious to exuberant. Among the most familiar of his other concert works are Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910) and The Lark Ascending (1914). His vocal works include hymns, folk-song arrangements and large-scale choral pieces. He wrote eight works for stage performance between 1919 and 1951. Although none of his operas became popular repertoire pieces, his ballet Job: A Masque for Dancing (1930) was successful and has been frequently staged.

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Gerald Finzi

Finzi took private lessons with Farrar from 1914-1916 and then with Bairstow from 1917-1922. He mainly underwent influences by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, loved the life in the country and developed his own, intimate style. He concentrated on songs and song cycles such as  Oh fair to see, Till earth outwears, and A young man’s exhortation, preferably on texts by Hardy. Amongst his other works are a clarinet concerto from 1949 and Dies natalis for high voice and string orchestra (1939). (Source: Musicalifeiten.nl)
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Finzi took private lessons with Farrar from 1914-1916 and then with Bairstow from 1917-1922. He mainly underwent influences by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, loved the life in the country and developed his own, intimate style. He concentrated on songs and song cycles such as Oh fair to see, Till earth outwears, and A young man’s exhortation, preferably on texts by Hardy. Amongst his other works are a clarinet concerto from 1949 and Dies natalis for high voice and string orchestra (1939).
(Source: Musicalifeiten.nl)
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01.
Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19: Let Me Enjoy the Earth
03:21
(Gerald Finzi)
02.
Der Blumenstrauß, Op. 47, No. 5
01:41
(Gerald Finzi)
03.
Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19: In Years Defaced
01:44
(Gerald Finzi)
04.
Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19: The Market-Girl
01:18
(Gerald Finzi)
05.
Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19: I Look Into My Glass
02:57
(Gerald Finzi)
06.
Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19: It Never Looks Like Summer
02:16
(Gerald Finzi)
07.
Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19: At a Lunar Eclipse
02:55
(Gerald Finzi)
08.
Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19: Life Laughs Onward
01:33
(Gerald Finzi)
09.
Oh Fair to See, Op. 13: I Say I'll Seek Her
02:03
(Gerald Finzi)
10.
Oh Fair to See, Op. 13: Oh Fair to See
01:41
(Gerald Finzi)
11.
Oh Fair to See, Op. 13: As I Lay in the Early Sun
03:22
(Gerald Finzi)
12.
Oh Fair to See, Op. 13: Only the Wanderer
04:49
(Gerald Finzi)
13.
Oh Fair to See, Op. 13: To Joy
01:21
(Gerald Finzi)
14.
Oh Fair to See, Op. 13: Harvest
03:59
(Gerald Finzi)
15.
Oh Fair to See, Op. 13: Since We Loved
04:07
(Gerald Finzi)
16.
The House of Life: Love-Sight
04:04
(Ralph Vaughan Williams)
17.
The House of Life: Silent Noon
03:15
(Ralph Vaughan Williams)
18.
The House of Life: Love's Minstrels
03:58
(Ralph Vaughan Williams)
19.
The House of Life: Heart's Haven
03:43
(Ralph Vaughan Williams)
20.
The House of Life: Death in Love
03:33
(Ralph Vaughan Williams)
21.
The House of Life: Love's Last Gift
01:58
(Ralph Vaughan Williams)
22.
On This Island, Op. 11: Let the Florid Music Praise!
02:13
(Benjamin Britten)
23.
On This Island, Op. 11: Now the Leaves Are Falling Fast
04:05
(Benjamin Britten)
24.
On This Island, Op. 11:, Seascape
01:30
(Benjamin Britten)
25.
On This Island, Op. 11: Nocturne
04:05
(Benjamin Britten)
26.
On This Island, Op. 11: As it is, plenty
01:30
(Benjamin Britten)
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