Gerald Finzi made an unrivalled contribution to British twentieth-century song-writing, especially in his settings of Thomas Hardy, his favourite poet.
This second volume of Finzi songs includes two Hardy collections, the early By Footpath and Stile, for baritone and string quartet, and the mature setting Earth and Air and Rain, both of which share the poet’s preoccupation with death and the transience of life. Composed during the early 1930s, Earth and Air and Rain includes two of Finzi’s best-known songs, Rollicum- Rorum and To Lizbie Browne, a touching poem of regret for what might have been. Volume 1 is available on Naxos 8.557644.
Williams, Roderick, baritone Burnside, Iain, piano Sacconi Quartet
Earth and Air and Rain, Op. 15 No. 1. Summer Schemes 02:34 No. 2. When I Set Out for Lyonesse 02:06 No. 3. Waiting Both 03:24 No. 4. The Phantom 03:45 No. 5. So I Have Fared 02:49 No. 6. Rollicum - Rorum 01:41 No. 7. To Lizbie Browne 04:01 No. 8. The Clock of the Years 04:24 No. 9. In a Churchyard 03:51 No. 10. Proud Songsters 03:05 To a Poet, Op. 13a No. 1. To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence 05:02 No. 2. On Parent Knees 01:33 No. 3. Intrada 01:34 No. 4. The Birthnight 01:45 No. 5. June on Castle Hill 02:01 No. 6. Ode on the Rejection of St Cecilia 05:07 By Footpath and Stile, Op. 2 No. 1. Paying Calls 03:47 No. 2. Where the Picnic Was 04:04 No. 3. The Oxen 02:42 No. 4. The Master and the Leaves 02:49 No. 5. Voices from Things Growing in a Churchyard 06:34 No. 6. Exeunt Omnes 03:17