A beautiful selection of Finzi song cycles with text by Thomas Hardy and other notable English poets.

Renowned tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook perform a beautiful selection of Finzi song cycles.

Most of the poems set on this recording are by Thomas Hardy. He is a poet with whom Gerald Finzi (1901-56) is inextricably linked - nearly half of Finzi's 160 song settings are of Hardy. English poetry was probably Finzi's deepest interest - he read poetry because he loved it (ie not just to find words to set a song to). Finzi would gather songs into collections which meant that Oh Fair to See and Till Earth Outwears were gathered together and posthumously assigned opus numbers.