Songs of Travel

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Old Yew, which graspest at the stones (1,634.00 kb)
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Thy voice is on the rolling air (1,634.43 kb)
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Call Number: CD 434
Media Type: CD
Year of Release: 1998
Record Label: CBC Records

Although the title for Gerald Finley's recital of English songs, Songs of Travel, is taken specifically from the cycle by Ralph Vaughan Williams, it also provides a link between the various works featured on this compact disc. Travel, in this context, is simply a metaphor for life. Vaughan Williams' cycle takes the perspective of a wayfarer, a traveller, who reflects upon the decisions he has made in his life, about the paths he has chosen and things he has left behind. Derek Holman, in his settings of poems of grief and mourning from Tennyson's In Memoriam A.H.H., takes us on a highly-charged, emotional journey - a jouney which the poet described as "the way of the soul". As for the collection of folksong settings by Benjamin Britten, we travel across the landscapes of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, experiencing the travails of life through a series of musical portaits - some humourous, some contemplative, and others filled with sorrow.


1-9. Songs of Travel


10-15. The Centered Passion


16-23. British and Irish Folksong arrangments

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