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Finzi, Leighton: Cello Concertos / Wallfisch, Thomson, et al

Album Summary

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Concerto for cello & orchestra in A Minor, Op 40
>Leighton, Kenneth : Concerto for cello & orchestra, Op 31
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Raphael Wallfisch has always made me happy, with his full tone and obvious flair. One wonders if anyone could do better in these two concertos. The orchestras, conductors and sound are terrific all the way." - Vroon, ARG

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The Cello Concerto is arguably Finzi's finest work, written at the very end of his life under the stress of knowing he was terminally ill. At just under 40 minutes it's planned on a massive scale.

The first movement brings the darkest music, an extended tutti establishing a brooding tone of voice. The slow movement is in more characteristically tender pastoral vein, with a poignant tinge of melancholy, music originally conceived many years before its actual completion in 1951.

Leighton's Cello Concerto is almost equally ambitious. Helped by full, warm Chandos sound, the Finzi receives a big, bold performance.

With a good balance for the soloist, the panache of Wallfisch's playing comes over more forcefully, and the tenderness of the slow movement is reinforced at a more spacious speed.



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>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Concerto for cello & orchestra in A Minor, Op 40
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (02/06/1986/02/07/1986)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1955

>Leighton, Kenneth : Concerto for cello & orchestra, Op 31
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: Bryden Thompson
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (01/23/1989/01/24/1989)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1955-1956