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GERALD FINZI  

(1901 - 1956)

Of Italian Jewish ancestry, Gerald Finzi was among the most English of composers, spending much of his life in the countryside of Hampshire and later near Newbury, where the string orchestra he founded became an important vehicle for the performance of his music. His interest in earlier English music and in English literature is largely reflected in his own works, which owe something to Parry, to his older contemporary Vaughan Williams, and to Elgar.

Orchestral Music

Finzi’s orchestral music includes a Clarinet Concerto and a Cello Concerto, with a Grand Fantasia and Toccata for piano and orchestra. His very English Severn Suite enjoys some popularity, while Introit survives from an abandoned violin concerto.

Vocal and Choral Music

Choral music by Finzi demonstrates his wide knowledge of English literature; it includes settings of poems by near contemporaries such as Edmund Blunden and Robert Bridges, and by the 17th-century poets Crashaw, Traherne and Vaughan. His setting of Wordsworth’s Intimations of Immortality was performed at the West of England Three Choirs Festival in 1950, while his Dies natalis, for soprano or tenor and string orchestra, setting poems by Traherne, was originally intended for the same festival in 1939. The cycle Let us garlands bring, settings of Shakespearian verses for baritone and piano, was also arranged for baritone and string orchestra, and other groups of songs aptly set poems by Hardy.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
English Choral Music Naxos 8.501007

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BEST OF BRITISH Naxos
8.570573-74
Concertos
Choral Concert: Vasari Singers - PARRY, H. / STANFORD, C.V. / STAINER, J. / NAYLOR, E.W. / WALTON, W. / HOLST, G. / FINZI, G. (Great British Anthems) Naxos
8.572504
Choral - Sacred
CHORAL WEDDING (A) - A Selection of Favourite Choral Anthems and Hymns for Church Weddings Naxos
8.578196-97
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY (A) - In Terra Pax (Doyle, Williams, City of London Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, Wetton) Naxos
8.572102
Choral - Sacred
Christmas Lullabies - CAMPKIN, A. / FINZI, G. / MANCHICOURT, P. de / MUDGE, A. / LING, T. (Sleep, Holy Babe) (Blossom Street, H. Campbell) Naxos
8.572868
Choral - Sacred
Clarinet Concertos - COPLAND, A. / FINZI, G. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / TANEYEV, S.I. (D. Ashkenazy) Paladino Music
PMR0053
Concertos
Clarinet Recital: Bradbury, John - BAX, A. / ROXBURGH, E. / FINZI, G. / HURLSTONE, W. (The English Clarinet) Naxos
8.570539
Chamber Music
Classical Chill Naxos
8.520101
Orchestral
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 3: The Concerto Naxos Educational
8.554486-87
Concertos
ENGLISH CHORAL MUSIC Naxos
8.557557-58
Choral - Sacred
ENGLISH STRING MINIATURES, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.555069
Orchestral
FINZI (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556836
Vocal, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Concertos, Choral - Secular, Orchestral
FINZI: Cello Concerto / Grand Fantasia and Toccata / Eclogue Naxos
8.555766
Orchestral, Concertos
FINZI: Clarinet Concerto / Five Bagatelles / Three Soliloquies / Romance Naxos
8.553566
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
FINZI: Dies natalis / Farewell to Arms / 2 Sonnets Naxos
8.570417
Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
FINZI: Earth and Air and Rain / To a Poet / By Footpath and Stile (English Song, Vol. 15) Naxos
8.557963
Vocal
FINZI: I Said to Love / Let Us Garlands Bring / Before and After Summer (English Song, Vol. 12) Naxos
8.557644
Vocal
FINZI: Intimations of Immortality / For St Cecilia Naxos
8.557863
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
FINZI: Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice / Magnificat / Unaccompanied Partsongs, Op. 17 Naxos
8.555792
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
FINZI: Young Man's Exhortation (A) / Till Earth Outwears / Oh Fair to See (English Song, Vol. 16) Naxos
8.570414
Vocal
GREENSLEEVES - English Pastoral Music Naxos
8.557535
Orchestral
HEAR MY PRAYER - Hymns and Anthems Naxos
8.557493
Choral - Sacred
MODERN MUSIC FOR CHOIR BIS
BIS-CD-4
Choral - Sacred
Music of Worship and Praise Naxos
8.554578
Choral - Sacred
Songs of Praise Naxos
8.553876
Choral - Sacred
WITH LOVE TO YOU Naxos
8.557789
Orchestral




 
 
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