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"The intensity and burnished tone that Ho brought to Strauss’s ‘Allerseelen’ was there from the start, but under Höll’s benevolent prodding, the song became an anguished cry of remorse over the death of a loved one...Ho sang Gerald Finzi’s setting of the Thomas Hardy poem ’In years defaced’. For curiosity alone, Ho deserves credit, but he also happened upon one of the loveliest phrases imaginable, a lilting, wistful melody that comes at the end of the song. Fleming spent extra time working with Ho on the text of the elegiac poem; English is the American-born tenor’s third language."

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