The Best of Finzi

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099683623
  • Catalog Number: 8556836
  • Sales rank: 210,128

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Concerto for Clarinet & String Orchestra in C Minor, Op. 31: 1. Allegro vigoroso - Gerald Finzi & Robert Plane (7:53)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byHoward Griffiths
    Performed byHoward Griffiths, Northern Sinfonia Chorus
  2. 2 Let us garlands bring, for voice & piano, Op. 18: No. 1, Come away death - Gerald Finzi & Roderick Williams (3:31)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Performed byRoderick Williams
  3. 3 Seven Poems of Robert Bridges, for unaccompanied chorus, Op. 17: 4. Clear and gentle stream - Gerald Finzi & St. John's College Choir, Cambridge (4:16)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byChristopher Robinson
    Performed bySt. John's College Choir, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson
  4. 4 Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25: Adagio espressivo - Gerald Finzi & David Lloyd-Jones (5:11)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byDavid Lloyd-Jones
    Performed byDavid Lloyd-Jones, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  5. 5 Anthems (3) for chorus & organ, Op 27: No. 2 God is Gone Up - Gerald Finzi & St. John's College Choir, Cambridge (4:23)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byChristopher Robinson
    Performed bySt. John's College Choir, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson
  6. 6 Fall of the Leaf, elegy for orchestra in D Minor, Op 20 (orchestration completed by H. Ferguson) - Gerald Finzi & David Hill (9:32)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byDavid Hill
    Performed byDavid Hill, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  7. 7 For St. Cecilia, ceremonial ode for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 30: 1. Delightful Goddess, in whose fashionings... - Gerald Finzi & Bournemouth Symphony Chorus (2:26)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byDavid Hill
    Performed byBournemouth Symphony Chorus, David Hill, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  8. 8 Concerto for cello & orchestra in A Minor, Op 40: 2. Andante quieto - Gerald Finzi & Timothy Hugh (12:39)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byHoward Griffiths
    Performed byHoward Griffiths, Northern Sinfonia Chorus
  9. 9 Intimations of Immortality for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 29: Then sing, ye Birds, sing a joyous song! - Gerald Finzi & Bournemouth Symphony Chorus (3:33)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byDavid Hill
    Performed byBournemouth Symphony Chorus, David Hill, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  10. 10 A Young Man's Exhortation, songs (10) for tenor & piano, Op.14: 1. A Young Man's Exhortation - Gerald Finzi & John Mark Ainsley (3:06)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Performed byJohn Mark Ainsley
  11. 11 Dies Natalis, cantata for soprano (or tenor) & string orchestra, Op. 8: 1. Intrada: Andante con moto - Gerald Finzi & David Hill (5:37)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byDavid Hill
    Performed byDavid Hill, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  12. 12 Earth and Air and Rain, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 15: 6. Rollicum-Rorum - Gerald Finzi & Roderick Williams (1:45)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Performed byRoderick Williams
  13. 13 Till Earth Outwears, song cycle for soprano (or tenor) & piano, Op. 19: 5. It never looks like summer here - Gerald Finzi & John Mark Ainsley (1:21)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Performed byJohn Mark Ainsley
  14. 14 Eclogue in F major for piano & string orchestra, Op. 10 - Gerald Finzi & Peter Donohoe (10:57)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Conducted byHoward Griffiths
    Performed byHoward Griffiths, Northern Sinfonia Chorus
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