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Gerald Finzi (1901-1956): Clarinet Concerto; Cello Concerto; Choral Works; Songs / Robert Plane, Tim Hugh, Peter Donohoe, Roderick Williams, James Gilchrist, John Mark Ainsley et al. [8 CDs]

Album Summary

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Concerto for clarinet & string orchestra in C minor, Op. 31
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. 23
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Love's Labour's Lost Suite, Op. 28a
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Severn Rhapsody, for chamber orchestra, Op. 3
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Romance for string orchestra in E flat, Op. 11
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Introit for violin & orchestra, Op. 6
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Concerto for cello & orchestra in A Minor, Op 40
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Eclogue in F major for piano & string orchestra, Op. 10
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Grand Fantasia and Toccata for piano & orchestra in D Minor, Op 38
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Anthems (3) for chorus & organ, Op 27
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Magnificat for chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 36
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Thou Did'st Delight My Eyes for male chorus, Op 32
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, for male chorus & piano, Op. 35
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Seven Poems of Robert Bridges, for unaccompanied chorus, Op. 17
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice, for chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 26
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : I Said to Love for baritone & piano, Op 19b
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Let Us Garlands Bring, song cycle for voice & piano (or string orchestra), Op. 18
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Before and after the Summer for baritone & piano, Op 16
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Intimations of Immortality for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 29
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : For St. Cecilia, ceremonial ode for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 30
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Earth and Air and Rain, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 15
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : To a Poet for alto (or baritone) & piano, Op. 13a
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : By Footpath and Stile, Op. 2, for voice & piano
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Young Man's Exhortation, songs (10) for tenor & piano, Op.14
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Till Earth Outwears, song cycle for soprano (or tenor) & piano, Op. 19
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : O Fair to See, for soprano (or tenor) & piano, Op.13
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Dies Natalis, cantata for soprano (or tenor) & string orchestra, Op. 8
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Fall of the Leaf, elegy for orchestra in D minor, Op 20 (orchestration completed by H. Ferguson)
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Sonnets (2), for tenor (or sorpano) & ensemble, Op. 12
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : New Year Music, nocturne for orchestra in C sharp Minor, Op 7
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Farewell To Arms for tenor & small orchestra (or string orchestra), Op 9
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

More than any other composer, Gerald Finzi (1901Ė1956) has come to embody the lyrical pastoralism so associated with English twentieth-century music. This anthology includes eight critically acclaimed recordings of Finziís works. The themes of fragility and transient existence are expressed in three early song anthologies with words by Thomas Hardy, Finziís favourite poet. Intimations of Immortality is a deeply touching lament for the passing of the freshness of childhood, while the tender Dies Natalis is a setting of texts by the 17th century poet Thomas Traherne. Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice takes the listener through a feast of moods and textures and ends with one of the most sublime Amens in all choral music. Finziís enchanting Clarinet Concerto was completed in 1949 in response to a commission from the Three Choirs Festival and the Cello Concerto, with its elegiac slow movement, was composed when Finzi learned that he was suffering from an incurable illness and is one of his finest works.

Music Week, October 2016
Finzi's ineffable enchantment at word setting and musicality generally has an enduring place in pastoral-mystical-ecstatic British music. The only Finzi boxed set.



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>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Concerto for clarinet & string orchestra in C minor, Op. 31
  • Conductor: Ian Burnside
  • Ensemble: Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 7 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1948-1949

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. 23
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1941-1943

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Love's Labour's Lost Suite, Op. 28a :: VII. Soliloquy III. The King's Poem
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Love's Labour's Lost Suite, Op. 28a :: VIII. Soliloquy III. Longaville's Sonnet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Love's Labour's Lost Suite, Op. 28a :: IX. Soliloquy III. Dumaine's Poem
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Severn Rhapsody, for chamber orchestra, Op. 3
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1923

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Romance for string orchestra in E flat, Op. 11
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1928

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Introit for violin & orchestra, Op. 6
  • Running Time: 8 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1927

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Concerto for cello & orchestra in A Minor, Op 40
  • Running Time: 15 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1955

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Eclogue in F major for piano & string orchestra, Op. 10
  • Running Time: 10 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1925-1929

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Grand Fantasia and Toccata for piano & orchestra in D Minor, Op 38
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Anthems (3) for chorus & organ, Op 27
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1951

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Magnificat for chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 36
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1952

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Anthems (3) for chorus & organ, Op 27
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1951

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Thou Did'st Delight My Eyes for male chorus, Op 32
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1952

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, for male chorus & piano, Op. 35
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1952

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Seven Poems of Robert Bridges, for unaccompanied chorus, Op. 17
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1934-1937

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice, for chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 26
  • Running Time: 14 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1946

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : I Said to Love for baritone & piano, Op 19b
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1936

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Let Us Garlands Bring, song cycle for voice & piano (or string orchestra), Op. 18
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1929-1942

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Before and after the Summer for baritone & piano, Op 16
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1947

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Intimations of Immortality for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 29
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : For St. Cecilia, ceremonial ode for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 30
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1947

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Earth and Air and Rain, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 15
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1929

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : To a Poet for alto (or baritone) & piano, Op. 13a
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : By Footpath and Stile, Op. 2, for voice & piano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Young Man's Exhortation, songs (10) for tenor & piano, Op.14
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1926-1929

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Till Earth Outwears, song cycle for soprano (or tenor) & piano, Op. 19
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1927-1956

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : O Fair to See, for soprano (or tenor) & piano, Op.13
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1921-1956

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Dies Natalis, cantata for soprano (or tenor) & string orchestra, Op. 8
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1925-1939

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1920

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Fall of the Leaf, elegy for orchestra in D minor, Op 20 (orchestration completed by H. Ferguson)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1929

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Sonnets (2), for tenor (or sorpano) & ensemble, Op. 12
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1928

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : New Year Music, nocturne for orchestra in C sharp Minor, Op 7
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1926

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Farewell To Arms for tenor & small orchestra (or string orchestra), Op 9
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1920s