Best of Finzi

The Best of Finzi

     
 
Gerald Finzi, and important and prolific English composer in the first half of the twentieth century, had a life unduly filled with loss. Although he only lived 55 years, he survived through the death of many family members and close friends. By 1951 -- five years before his own death -- he was diagnosed with a form of leukemia and knew that it was only a matter of

Overview

Gerald Finzi, and important and prolific English composer in the first half of the twentieth century, had a life unduly filled with loss. Although he only lived 55 years, he survived through the death of many family members and close friends. By 1951 -- five years before his own death -- he was diagnosed with a form of leukemia and knew that it was only a matter of time. Many of Finzi's works clearly reflect the hardships he endured through melancholy, reflective moods. But a surprising number of his compositions are rather optimistic and filled with grandeur. This Naxos album, entitled The Best of Gerald Finzi, attempts to bring together highlights showcasing both sides of personality. The performances throughout are generally quite solid, with highest marks going to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (performing the lone movement of Finzi's magnificent "Intimations of Immortality"). Slightly less satisfying are the performances of the Northern Sinfonia (heard primarily an accompanimental fashion in the clarinet and cello concertos), which are not always as refined and precise as the soloists they are accompanying. Listeners who are already fans of Finzi will want to skip the album and buy the recordings of complete works from which these excerpts were drawn; those unfamiliar with Finzi's works, however, will enjoy this thorough introduction to his extensive output.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099683623
catalogNumber:
8556836
Rank:
19184

Tracks

  1. Concerto for Clarinet & String Orchestra in C Minor, Op. 31: 1. Allegro vigoroso
  2. Let us garlands bring, for voice & piano, Op. 18: No. 1, Come away death
  3. Seven Poems of Robert Bridges, for unaccompanied chorus, Op. 17: 4. Clear and gentle stream
  4. Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25: Adagio espressivo
  5. Anthems (3) for chorus & organ, Op 27: No. 2 God is Gone Up
  6. Fall of the Leaf, elegy for orchestra in D Minor, Op 20 (orchestration completed by H. Ferguson)
  7. For St. Cecilia, ceremonial ode for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 30: 1. Delightful Goddess, in whose fashionings...
  8. Concerto for cello & orchestra in A Minor, Op 40: 2. Andante quieto
  9. Intimations of Immortality for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 29: Then sing, ye Birds, sing a joyous song!
  10. A Young Man's Exhortation, songs (10) for tenor & piano, Op.14: 1. A Young Man's Exhortation
  11. Dies Natalis, cantata for soprano (or tenor) & string orchestra, Op. 8: 1. Intrada: Andante con moto
  12. Earth and Air and Rain, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 15: 6. Rollicum-Rorum
  13. Till Earth Outwears, song cycle for soprano (or tenor) & piano, Op. 19: 5. It never looks like summer here
  14. Eclogue in F major for piano & string orchestra, Op. 10

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