Sunday, July 22, 2018

Gerald Finzi: Fear No More the Heat of the Sun

Time for some English art song, alebit with a Welsh singer, and a title appropriate for this heatwave.

Fear No More the Heat of the Sun comes from Shakespeare's Cymbeline and, like a lot of good poems, is about death.

The couplet:
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
Encapsulates the whole of Housman's verse centuries before he was born.

I sometimes suspect Bryn Terfel of overacting in this sort of work, but his voice is simply magnificent.

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