"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Sunday Reflection

Slight change of tone this Sunday, bearing in mind the day's events ten years ago:

Michael George, bass-baritone


  1. The music, the words and the images combine so beautifully in this and are a fitting tribute to those who died on this day ten years ago.

    It has been a bit of a struggle to get anything but Barber out of my head today and this has been a great opportunity of doing just that.

    Thank you, CE, and have a good week-end.

  2. Thanks, Opsimath. I could have done without the scrawling subtitles but I preferred this delivery to that of Bryn Terfel, who was a bit too heavy in comparison. I hope your weekend is going well too - it's a beautifully sunny day here.

  3. Superb but with such pathos, GV. Surely there really is a heaven?

  4. We'll never know, OR. The composer, Finzi, studied under Vaughan-Williams and you can hear the influence in this piece. I adore it.

  5. Thank you for posting this on our blog. It is breathtaking.

  6. No problem, Nickie. I was in two minds whether to do it or not given the sensitivities of the day but I decided on balance that you'd like it. Thanks for the thanks :-)


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