The English Song Series Volume 12 - Finzi 1

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The English Song Series Volume 12 - Finzi 1


BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - June 2005



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2nd May 2005




61 minutes


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The English Song Series Volume 12 - Finzi 1


I Said to Love, Op. 19b

(Words by Thomas Hardy)

Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18

(Words by Shakespeare)

Before and After Summer, Op. 16

(Words by Thomas Hardy)

Roderick Williams (baritone), Iain Burnside (piano)



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Gerald Finzi: I said to Love, Op. 19b

I need not go

At Middle-Field Gate in February

Two Lips

In five-score Summers (Meditation)

For Life I had never cared greatly

I said to Love

Gerald Finzi: Let us garlands bring, Op. 18

Come away, come away, death

Who is Silvia?

Fear no more the heat o' the sun

O Mistress Mine

It was a lover and his lass

Gerald Finzi: Before and after Summer, Op. 16

Childhood among the Ferns

Before and after Summer

The Self-unseeing

Overlooking the River

Channel Firing

In the mind's eye

The Too Short Time



He abjures Love

BBC Music Magazine

June 2005


“You would have to look hard for a better introduction to Finzi… The songs are the core of his achievement… Roderick Williams's elegant and delicate performances reveal the heart of this music without forcing anything - and mercifully without that coyness that often mars Finzi performances. And Iain Burnside is an excellent partner…”

Presto Classical

David Smith

October 2014

“Roderick Williams is almost unchallenged among baritones as an interpreter of the rich variety of English song; here, ably assisted by Iain Burnside, he brings three of Finzi's song-cycles to life as only he can. Of particular beauty are Fear no more and Come away, death from the Shakespearean Let us garlands bring.”

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