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|Finzi||The Clock of the Years|
|Childhood among the ferns|
|I need not go for life I had never cared greatly|
|‘Amabel’ (Before and after Summer)|
|‘Proud Songsters’ (Earth and Air and Rain)|
|Dear, think not that they will forget you|
|Britten||‘Before Life and After’ (Winter Words)|
|Midnight on the Great Western|
|Dankworth||De Profundis 1|
‘The thrushes sing as the sun is going …
As if all Time were theirs.’ Proud Songsters
The poet Thomas Hardy had a lifelong preoccupation with memory and the passing of time, for what was loved, what was lost and what could never be. Acclaimed duo baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Iain Burnside delve into Hardy’s world, in which nature and the everyday take on startling spiritual power. Their sequence of words and music centres on settings by Britten, Finzi and Ireland, interleaved with poetry which responds to Hardy’s ideas from a woman’s perspective, with narration from renowned Irish actor Sorcha Cusack.
‘[Williams] imbued each song with myriad colourful nuances, his rich, burnished baritone lovely throughout the evening.’ New York Times