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Gerald Finzi (1901-'56): Intimations of Immortality, Dies natalis / John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Corydon Orchestra & Singers; Matthew Best

Album Summary

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Dies Natalis, cantata for soprano (or tenor) & string orchestra, Op. 8
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Intimations of Immortality for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 29
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Notes & Reviews:

This reissue brings together two of Finzi's most characteristic works. Dies natalis, a setting of prose and verse by the seventeenth-century metaphysical poet Thomas Traherne, vividly suggests the vision of a child's innocence and unsullied perception of the world. Intimations of Immortality is by contrast a lament for the lost joys of Traherne's idealized childhood. Finzi uses Wordsworth's famous ode to convey his view that "a dead poet lives in many a live stockbroker" and the result is a work of arresting beauty.

BBC Music Magazine
Rich, glowing performances in a class apart.

Fanfare Magazine
There have been several excellent previous recordings of Dies natalis but John Mark Ainsley’s rendition is as fine as the best of them. This recent release is indispensable to the Finzi aficionado and highly recommended to all who enjoy the early twentieth-century English school of composers.



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>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Dies Natalis, cantata for soprano (or tenor) & string orchestra, Op. 8
  • Performer: John Ainsley (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Notes: 02/08/1996-02/10/1996
  • Running Time: 23 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1925-1939

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Intimations of Immortality for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 29
  • Performer: John Ainsley (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Notes: 02/08/1996-02/10/1996
  • Running Time: 40 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern