The Lie (Bernini's St-Teresa) ('71)

1971: Written by Peter Hammill in Worth, England


1973 Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire (Sept-Oct) Mixed at Trident Studios, London in October.
1978 All Souls Unitarian Church, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Soundboard recording included as a bonus track on "The Silent Corner" remastered cd 2006
2010 Japan Released in 2012 "Pno, Gtr, Vox, Box.
2018 Quasimodo Club, Berlin, May 26, 2018


1974 The Silent Corner and The Empty Stage LP (Famous Charisma) Feb '74.
2006 Solo Live version included on "The Silent Corner" Remastered cd (From Kansas City Feb 14, 1978)
2012 Solo In concert released on the Box set "Pno, Gtr, Vox, Box."
2019 Solo In Concert recorded at Quasimodo Club, Berlin, Included on the live 8 cd box set "Not Yet, Not Now". (Solo) (FIE 9140) Released in March.

In Concert:

1972 Italy in the fall
1973 The Charisma Festival, Pallazzo Dello Sport, Roma Jan 22nd, and Switzerland, Italy, UK and France.
1974 France, UK.
1976 New Theatre Oxford March.
1978 American Tour in February; Quebec in June.
1980 France, UK, Netherlands.
1981 American Tour.
1983 Israel.
1984 UK.
1985 Germany, Belgium, North America.
1986 London, North America, Tokyo, Spain, Germany, Athens.
1987 Italy.
1997 Australia.
2001 Germany.
2009 Auditorium Sala Sinopoli, Roma (December 7th)!
2016 Tokyo
2017 London, Tokyo
2017 Roma at Auditorium Parco della Musica, Italia, Nov 9th video

The venue; about 2 miles from the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria where the sculpture by Bernini is located.

2018 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Quasimodo club, Berlin, Tokyo.


1974 Swiss TV Live in studio (no audience)


Always Played solo, on Piano although this was played at an unusual Vdgg concert without Guy Evans, Oct 25, 2021, in Finland. I've seen the set list but no idea if it was Ph solo or with Hugh Banton.... Anyone?

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)

Bernini was commisioned by Cardinal Federico Cornaro to produce a large marble sculpture for the altar of the Cornaro Chapel in the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Roma; he was an Italian architect and leading sculptor of his age, credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture.

He worked on the "The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa" (L'Estasi di Santa Teresa) from 1647 to 1652. A deliberately intense creation, and regarded as one of the most important examples of the Counter-Reformation style of Baroque sculpture.

The work depicts a vision of "religious ecstasy" in the life of the cloistered Spanish mystic and Carmelite nun Teresa of Avila. (1515-1582) - as described in her autobiography "The Life of Teresa of Avila".

A seraph drives a fiery point of a golden lance repeatedly through her heart, causing an ineffable spiritual-bodily pain. "I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this intense pain, so extreme that one cannot possibly wish it to cease, nor is one’s soul then content with anything but God.” (The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by herself, Chapter 29).

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