Gerald Finzi: 'Fear no more the heat o' the Sun' - Two Versions

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Gerald Finzi - "Fear no more the heat o' the Sun" - Op. 18 (Piano and Voice)

Words by Shakespeare: Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene 2.
Bryn Terfel - Bass-baritone
Malcolm Martineau - Piano
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

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Gerald Finzi - "Fear no more the heat o' the Sun" - Let Us Garlands Bring (Op. 18)

More of Finzi's wistful lyricism. Here, Finzi and Shakespeare have a lot to say to us. For me, this is one of the greatest of all English songs, performed with moving eloquence here by John Carol Case, with the New Philharmonia under the baton of that great champion of lesser-known British composers, Vernon Handley CBE. Originally scored for piano and baritone, here is the orchestral version (the orchestration also done by Finzi).