Charms & Knots

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Charms & Knots
songs by David Griffiths

Serious songs of a serious young man – these cycles represent to some extent a spiritual journey. Though written at a time of happiness, newly married with a baby son, gainfully employed at Auckland and later Otago University and involved in a rich variety of musical activities, they carry a cry from the heart for certainty. The tenuous options of Shoriken and the capriciousness of human love give way to a place of rest through the Herbert songs; as Luigi Santucci writes,‘Wrestling with Christ’. Earnest they may be and yes, in a sense, a personal testimony.

David Griffiths

1-16
Shoriken (1979)
poems by Charles Brasch
for orchestra, opus 61, 1994
20:20
17-21
Five Songs of Love (1979)
poems by A.R.D.Fairburn
with permission AR of the Charles Brasch Estate
  1. Change
  2. Song
  3. Choice
  4. Meeting
  5. Let us Make an End
11:20
 
  1. 2:54
  2. 2:00
  3. 1:17
  4. 2:00
  5. 3:00
22-26
Charms & Knots (1987)
poems by George Herbert
  1. The Knell
  2. Charms & Knots
  3. Bitter Sweet
  4. The 23rd Psalm
  5. A True Hymn
17:27
  1. 3:42
  2. 4:23
  3. 1:38
  4. 5:00
  5. 2:36