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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Samuel Barber
  • Audio CD (29 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000WE5G5I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. There's nae lark - Samuel Barber
2. The Beggar's Song - Samuel Barber
3. In the dark pinewood - Samuel Barber
4. Bessie Bobtail - Samuel Barber
5. At St Patrick's Purgatory - Gerald Finley
6. Church Bell at Night - Gerald Finley
7. St Ita's Vision - Gerald Finley
8. The Heavenly Banquet - Gerald Finley
9. The Crucifixion - Gerald Finley
10. Sea Snatch - Gerald Finley
11. Promiscuity - Gerald Finley
12. The Monk and His Cat, Op. 29, No. 8 - Gerald Finley
13. The Praises of God - Gerald Finley
14. The Desire for Hermitage - Gerald Finley
15. Rain Has Fallen - Samuel Barber
16. Sleep Now - Samuel Barber
17. I Hear an Army - Samuel Barber
18. Puisque Tout Passe - Gerald Finley
19. Un Cygne - Gerald Finley
20. Tombeau Dans Un Parc - Gerald Finley
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Product Description

Hermit Songs op.29 - Three Songs Op.10 - Mélodies passagères Op.27 - Dover Beach Op.3 / Gerald Finley, baryton - Julius Drake, piano - The Aronowitz Ensemble

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By N. E. M. Goulder on 4 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Finley is a Canadian with a wonderfully rounded voice and excellent diction; Drake is gaining all the time in world-ide reputation. Add that to an underrated composer in Samuel Barber and you have a recipe for a very pleasing disc.
Of course Barber's outlook really belongs many years earlier than his historic position. His Piano Sonata has some bold invention and stretches the pianist's fingers as well as the listener's ears without getting anywhere near the challenges of genuinely modern music. However here you have him in much more domestic mode. Many of the songs are crisp inventions, some even will-o'-the-wisp, but in a longer piece like Dover Beach (with chamber support rather than just piano) you will also find him seriously responsive to Arnold's famously thoughtful and beautiful poem. I particularly enjoyed the Irish groups ("Hermit Songs" and the three James Joyce settings). Copyright precludes the otherwise elegantly produced insert notes from providing the Joyce texts - you will not have difficulty finding them on the web, or ask me if needed, for having the words certainly enhances appreciation.
This was a happy Christmas present for me and I am sure it deserves wide circulation.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fresh, direct singing brings out Barber's American-ness 28 Jan. 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Samuel Barber was an accomplished baritone, and Gerald Finely's voice is similar in range and weight (one the evidence of early recordings, Barber's was more mellifluous and warm). Even though there's not much audience for American art songs, the output from Barber has been loved for at least six decades. Listeners who don't know the Hermit Songs generally have encountered the heartbreaking "Sure on This Shining Night" to a poem by James Agree.

Gerald Finley, fresh from his operatic triumph as John Adams' Doctor Atomic, and pianist Julius Drake are direct, at times blunt, in their approach. Thomas Hampson was more stylized and nuanced in his classic traversal, with Cheryl Studer and pianist John Browning, of all the songs (Dg, unfortunatley in shrill, edgy digital sound), and Sir Thomas Allen was warm and eloquent in his 1990 Barber recital (Virgin). Finley doesn't attempt eloquence, but he's so sincere and right in his American-ness that this newcomer in the Barber song sweepstakes creates a very positive impression.
Not bad as a second or third version of Barber's songs 18 Aug. 2014
By Sven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Four star compositions, two star singing. To be fair, Finley's voice is very attractive. But there's too much out of tune singing to ignore on a commercial studio release such as this one. And one longs for more legato singing in Barber's lush, hyper-romantic art songs. Not bad as a second or third version of Barber's songs, but there are better performances out there.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
BRAVO MR. FINLEY! 21 Mar. 2010
By Beverly D. Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I HAVE TO ADMIT I AM ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY BY THE MAGNIFICENT VOICE AND DEMENOR OF GERALD FINLEY. THIS RECORDING IS A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF HIS RANGE AND VERSITILITY. THIS WONDERFUL VOICE INSPIRES AND UPLIFTS MY DAY. I LOVE OPERA AND WHEN IT'S SUNG IN ENGLISH, IT'S EVEN BETTER.THESE CLASSIC SAMUEL BARBER SONGS ARE WONDERFUL. "THERE'S NAE A LARK" IS SO ROMANTIC!...AND MR. FINLEY IS SO HANDSOME ONE WOULD CERTAINLY LOVE TO HAVE HIM SING THIS SONG FOR THEM!!!AND LET'S NOT FORGET THAT THE PIANO ARTISTRY OF JULIUS DRAKE PROVIDES THE DRAMATIC ACCOMPANIMENT TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VOICE I'VE HEARD IN MANY YEARS. MR. DRAKE IS A GENIUS IN HIS OWN RIGHT. THIS IS DEFINITELY A SUPER-WINNING COMBINATION OF TALENTS.
4 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Not quite a success 28 Jan. 2008
By Strauss Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sadly, Gerald Finley and Julius Drake fall way short (on too many levels to recount) of what Cheryl Studer, Thomas Hampson, John Browning and the Emerson String Quartet accomplished in their now-legendary and classic Samuel Barber set for Deutsche Grammophon. The insight, personality and sense of spontaneity that Studer and Hampson, not to mention the Barber pianist par excellence, brought to these songs is nowhere to be heard in this new recording. You are well advised to skip this and acquire the DGG set for a rewarding experience unlike any other. Out of kindness I gave the Finley/Drake recording 2 stars out of 5 but I wonder if that's one star too many.
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