Barber: Songs

Gerald Finley, Julius Drake

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA67528

Release Date:  01 November 2007

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571175287

Genres:  Classical  Vocal  

  • Description

    The wonderful Gerald Finley, described recently as ‘the best living baritone currently at the peak of his powers’ (The Globe and Mail), brings his ‘glorious sound and great dramatic instinct’ to this fascinating selection of songs, sensitively accompanied by Julius Drake.
    Barber’s songs are among his greatest musical achievements, demonstrating above all his sustained lyric impulse and graceful melodic writing. Another aspect was his well-developed literary taste. He unfailingly selected texts of high quality, including English ‘Georgian’ poets, Irish bards, the French Symbolists and poets writing in English who were affected by them, such as James Joyce, as well as some of his own American contemporaries. Throughout his song output, he found ways of embodying the poets’ thought in musical correlatives that were never merely decorative, and developed an instinctive knack for embodying words in a memorable vocal shape. Presented here are a range of early and later songs including Barber’s first success for voice, Dover Beach, which the composer sang on its first recording in 1935.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. There's Nae Lark
      • 2. The Beggar's Song
      • 3. In the Dark Pinewood
      • 4. Bessie Bobtail Op.2 No.3
      • 5. At St. Patrick's Purgatory
      • 6. Church Bell At Night
      • 7. St. Ita's Vision
      • 8. The Heavenly Banquet
      • 9. The Crucifixion
      • 10. Sea Snatch
      • 11. Promiscuity
      • 12. The Monk And His Cat
      • 13. The Praises Of God
      • 14. The Desire For Hermitage
      • 15. Rain Has Fallen Op.10, No.1
      • 16. Sleep Now Op.10, No.2
      • 17. I Hear an Army Op.10, No.3
      • 18. Puisque Tout Passe
      • 19. Un Cygne
      • 20. Tombeau Dans Un Parc
      • 21. Le Clocher Chante
      • 22. Depart
      • 23. The Daises Op.2 No.1
      • 24. With Rue My Heart Is Laden Op.2, No.2
      • 25. Nocturne Op.13, No.4
      • 26. Sure On This Shining Night Op.13, No.3
      • 27. Dover Beach Op.3