The English Song Series Volume 16 - Finzi Tenor Songs

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The English Song Series Volume 16 - Finzi Tenor Songs


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29th May 2007




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The English Song Series Volume 16 - Finzi Tenor Songs


A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

Part I & 2. (Words by Thomas Hardy)

Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19

(Words by Thomas Hardy)

Oh Fair to See, Op. 13



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Gerald Finzi: A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

No. 1. A Young Man's Exhortation

No. 2. Ditty

No. 3. Budmouth Dears

No. 4. Her Temple

No. 5. The Comet at Yell'ham

No. 6. Shortening Days

No. 7. The Sigh

No. 8. Former Beauties

No. 9. Transformations

No. 10. The dance continued

Gerald Finzi: Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19

No. 1. Let me enjoy the earth

No. 2. In years defaced

No. 3. The Market Girl

No. 4. I look into my glass

No. 5. It never looks like summer here

No. 6. At a Lunar Eclipse

No. 7. Life laughs onwards

Gerald Finzi: Oh Fair to See, Op. 13

No. 1. I say 'I'll seek her side'

No. 2. Oh fair to see

No. 3. As I lay in the early sun

No. 4. Only the wanderer

No. 5. To Joy

No. 6. Harvest

No. 7. Since we loved

BBC Music Magazine

Proms 2007


“John Mark Ainsley's approach to music like this suggests that he comes to Finzi without any of the usual preconceptions. What he finds here… is an intensely musical feeling for words that's every bit as remarkable as Benjamin Britten's, plus a responsiveness to poetic atmosphere that enriches the texts without adding anything superfluous. Ainsley and his accompanist Iain Burnside respond to these qualities as though it were second nature to them. Singing and playing are rhythmically supple and lovingly attentive to detail...”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2007

“John Mark Ainsley certainly has more "ring" than most. There is a considerable sense of power in reserve, which makes his judicious use of it particularly effective. His virtues are regularly evident in these songs of Finzi, together with good, clear diction and a thoughtful expressiveness.”

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