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

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313041770
  • Catalog Number: 8570417
  • Sales rank: 213,864

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Dies Natalis, cantata for soprano (or tenor) & string orchestra, Op. 8 - Gerald Finzi & Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (26:18)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byDavid Hill
    Performed byJames Gilchrist, David Hill, Duncan Riddell, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1 Intrada
    2. 2 Rhapsody
    3. 3 The Rapture
    4. 4 Wonder
    5. 5 The Salutation
  2. 6 Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25 - Gerald Finzi & Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (4:31)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byDavid Hill
    Performed byDavid Hill, Duncan Riddell, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  3. 7 Fall of the Leaf, elegy for orchestra in D Minor, Op 20 (orchestration completed by H. Ferguson) - Howard Ferguson & Gerald Finzi (9:36)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byDavid Hill
    Performed byDavid Hill, Duncan Riddell, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  4. 8–9 Sonnets (2), for tenor (or sorpano) & ensemble, Op. 12 - Gerald Finzi & Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (7:40)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byDavid Hill
    Performed byJames Gilchrist, David Hill, Duncan Riddell, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    1. 8 When I consider
    2. 9 How soon hath time
  5. 10 New Year Music, nocturne for orchestra in C sharp Minor, Op 7 - Gerald Finzi & Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (9:35)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byDavid Hill
    Performed byDavid Hill, Duncan Riddell, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  6. 11–12 Farewell To Arms for tenor & small orchestra (or string orchestra), Op 9 - Gerald Finzi & Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (8:53)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byDavid Hill
    Performed byJames Gilchrist, David Hill, Duncan Riddell, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    1. 11 Introduction
    2. 12 Aria
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Performance Credits
David Hill Primary Artist
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