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FINZI: Dies natalis / Farewell to Arms / 2 Sonnets


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FINZI: Dies natalis / Farewell to Arms / 2 Sonnets

Quintessentially Finzi, the tender yet radiant Dies natalis, a setting of texts by the 17thcentury poet Thomas Traherne, depicts both the first sensations of a child as it enters the world, and life’s tarnishing experience of the innocence of childhood. In Farewell to Arms, a further example of Finzi’s enthusiasm for 17th-century poets, the steady but inevitable tramp of time, symbolized by the measured bass and the tenor’s sad, arching melody, becomes a poignant symbol for the brevity of life as expressed in lines such as ‘O time too swift, O swiftness never ceasing’. Finzi knew all too well that ‘Beauty, strength, youth are flowers but fading seen’.

Finzi, Gerald
Traherne, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  Dies natalis, Op. 8
1.   I. Intrada 00:05:36
2.   II. Rhapsody 00:07:32
3.   III. The Rapture 00:04:01
4.   IV. Wonder 00:04:28
5.   V. The Salutation 00:04:39

Finzi, Gerald

  Prelude in F Minor, Op. 25
6.   Prelude in F Minor, Op. 25 00:04:35
  The Fall of the Leaf, Op. 20
7.   The Fall of the Leaf, Op. 20 00:09:34

Finzi, Gerald
Milton, John, lyricist(s)

  2 Sonnets, Op. 12
8.   No. 1. When I consider 00:04:46
9.   No. 2. How soon hath time 00:02:51

Finzi, Gerald

  New Year Music, Op. 7
10.   New Year Music, Op. 7 00:09:39

Finzi, Gerald
Peele, George / Knevet, Ralph, lyricist(s)

  Farewell to Arms, Op. 9
11.   I. Introduction 00:03:56
12.   II. Aria: His golden locks 00:05:05

Total Playing Time: 01:06:42

Finzi, Gerald

Knevet, Ralph; Milton, John; Peele, George; Traherne, Thomas

Hill, David

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Gilchrist, James

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral; Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570417

Barcode: 0747313041770

Physical Release: 04/2008

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