Gerald Finzi: Dies natalis; Farewell to Arms; Two Sonnets

Gerald Finzi: Dies natalis; Farewell to Arms; Two Sonnets

by David Hill
     
 
A splendid companion to the same team's 2005 recording of Gerald Finzi's "Intimations of Immortality," tenor James Gilchrist and conductor David Hill with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra once again turn in superlative performances in this 2008 disc coupling three of the English composer's works for voice and orchestra: "Dies natalis," "Two Milton Sonnets," and

Overview

A splendid companion to the same team's 2005 recording of Gerald Finzi's "Intimations of Immortality," tenor James Gilchrist and conductor David Hill with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra once again turn in superlative performances in this 2008 disc coupling three of the English composer's works for voice and orchestra: "Dies natalis," "Two Milton Sonnets," and "Farewell to Arms." As before, Gilchrist is a first-class Finzi singer, agile of technique, strong of tone, and subtle of interpretation. One hears wonder and tenderness in his "Dies natalis," ineffable spiritual yearning in his "Two Milton Sonnets," and bone-deep sorrow in his "Farewell to Arms." And as before, Hill leads the Bournemouth Symphony in accompaniments that ideally suit both the music and the performer, hewing close to the former but staying closer still to the latter. To fill out the disc, Naxos includes three orchestral works by Finzi in wonderfully evocative performances by Hill and the Bournemouth musicians: a stirring "Prelude for String Orchestra," a melancholy "The Fall of the Leaf," and a mystical "Nocturne (New Year Music)." While Finzi fans may already have favorite recordings of many of these works, these superb performances will nevertheless be mandatory listening for them. And those who don't already know any of the English modernist's works could do worse than to start with this disc. Naxos' digital sound is atmospheric, but filled with detail and color.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313041770
catalogNumber:
8570417
Rank:
147341

Tracks

  1. Dies Natalis, cantata for soprano (or tenor) & string orchestra, Op. 8
  2. Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25
  3. Fall of the Leaf, elegy for orchestra in D Minor, Op 20 (orchestration completed by H. Ferguson)
  4. Sonnets (2), for tenor (or sorpano) & ensemble, Op. 12
  5. New Year Music, nocturne for orchestra in C sharp Minor, Op 7
  6. Farewell To Arms for tenor & small orchestra (or string orchestra), Op 9

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Hill   Primary Artist

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