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Classics - Finzi: Violin and Cello Concertos

Album Summary

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Concerto for cello & orchestra in A Minor, Op 40
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Romance for string orchestra in E flat, Op. 11
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Concerto for Small Orchestra and Solo Violin
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Finzi's Cello Concerto is arguably his greatest work, another just ambitious but deeply moving, written under the stress of knowing he was terminally ill. It is here wonderfully performed by Raphael Wallfisch under the baton of Vernon Handley. Raphael Wallfisch has recorded regularly for Chandos, and the performance highlights the marvellous technique and understated sinuous tone, he possesses. This disc also features the outstanding Tasmin Little in her interpretation of the Violin Concerto, conducted by Richard Hickox which received its premiere recording on its initial release. The two concertos are coupled with two expressive works, Prelude for Strings, and the Romance - one of his most ravishing pieces of all, with string writing that echoes both Elgar and Vaughan Williams in its emotional surges. This recording presents a comprehensive programme of Finzi works performed by an outstanding line-up of artists famous for their interpretations of English music and makes a welcome addition to the Classics mid-price label.

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Works Details

>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

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25 :: Adagio espressivo. Poco piú mosso. Tempo primo
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Romance for string orchestra in E flat, Op. 11 :: Andante espressivo. Piú mosso. Tempo primo
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Concerto for Small Orchestra and Solo Violin
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 20 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925-1927