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Gerald Finzi: Intimations of Immortality, Op. 29
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
“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.”
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