Gerald Finzi: Violin and Cello

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The music of English composer Gerald Finzi, who flourished between the 1920s and 1950s, follows in the pastoral tradition of Vaughan Williams. Finzi is primarily known for his extraordinarily fine ear for text setting, but he also produced a small but attractive body of orchestral works. While his music is romantic in its harmonic language and its lyric sweep, his works often have an underlying classical structure. The pieces on this CD span his career; his "Concerto for small orchestra and violin" 1925-1927 was his first important orchestral work and the "Cello Concerto" 1955 was his last. The "Concerto for small orchestra and violin" merges a romantic sensibility with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The music of English composer Gerald Finzi, who flourished between the 1920s and 1950s, follows in the pastoral tradition of Vaughan Williams. Finzi is primarily known for his extraordinarily fine ear for text setting, but he also produced a small but attractive body of orchestral works. While his music is romantic in its harmonic language and its lyric sweep, his works often have an underlying classical structure. The pieces on this CD span his career; his "Concerto for small orchestra and violin" 1925-1927 was his first important orchestral work and the "Cello Concerto" 1955 was his last. The "Concerto for small orchestra and violin" merges a romantic sensibility with a Baroque attention to contrapuntal development, and the work has an attractive straightforwardness and clarity. Its slow movement as well as that of the "Cello Concerto" is especially appealing in its song-like simplicity. Tasmin Little makes the solo lines soar. The "Cello Concerto," a very substantial piece lasting 40 minutes, is broadly lyrical, with a third movement that has some of the hale-and-hearty Britishness of Holst's band music. The concerto has a gratifyingly expressive solo part, which Raphael Wallfisch plays with passion and technical brilliance. The CD is filled out with two brief pastoral meditations for string orchestra, "Prelude, Op. 25," and "Romance, Op. 11." The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under Vernon Handley, very capably accompanies the "Cello Concerto," and Richard Hickox and the London Sinfonietta perform the remaining pieces with warm tone and fervor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115142523
  • Catalog Number: 10425
  • Sales rank: 158,841

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Tasmin Little Primary Artist
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