Finzi: Intimations of Immortality & For St Cecilia

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Finzi: Intimations of Immortality & For St Cecilia


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2nd May 2006




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Finzi: Intimations of Immortality & For St Cecilia


Intimations of Immortality, Op. 29

For St Cecilia, Op. 30



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Gerald Finzi: Intimations of Immortality, Op. 29

Andante sostenuto

There was a time when meadow, grove and stream

The Rainbow comes and goes

Now, while the birds thus sing a joyous song

Ye blessed Creatures, I have heard the call

Oh evil day! If I were sullen

But there's a Tree, of many, one

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting

Earth fills her lap with pleasures of her own

Oh joy! That in our embers

But for those first affections

Then sing, ye Birds, sing, sing a joyous song!

And O, ye Fountains, Meadows, Hills and Groves

Gerald Finzi: For St. Cecilia, Op. 30

Delightful Goddess, in whose fashionings

Changed is the age; mysterious, man's next star

How came you, lady of fierce martyrdom

How smilingly the saint among her friends

Wherefore we bid you to the full concent

BBC Music Magazine

July 2006


“Gerald Finzi's music here is full of inescapable echoes of the melodies and harmonies of Elgar and Vaughan Williams, the ceremonial pomp of Parry… But he had a distinctive gift for setting English poetry… which shines through the large-scale setting of Wordsworth's ode Intimations of Immortality... This new account boasts an eloquent soloist in James Gilchrist, fine orchestral playing, and choral singing which is accomplished if occasionally lacking in extremes of attack or intimacy.”

Presto Classical

David Smith

October 2014

“English tenor James Gilchrist has the perfect voice for this music - light, lyrical yet able to rise over the full orchestra and choir as necessary.”

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