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FINZI, G.: Finzi Anthology (A) (8-CD Box Set)

More than any other composer, Gerald Finzi (1901–1956) has come to embody the lyrical pastoralism so associated with English twentieth-century music. This anthology includes eight critically acclaimed recordings of Finzi’s works. The themes of fragility and transient existence are expressed in three early song anthologies with words by Thomas Hardy, Finzi’s 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. Finzi’s 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.



Disc 1

Finzi, Gerald

  Clarinet Concerto, Op. 31
1.   I. Allegro vigoroso 00:07:53
2.   II. Adagio, ma senza rigore 00:11:41
3.   III. Rondo: Allegro giocoso 00:08:30

Finzi, Gerald
Ashmore, Lawrence, arranger(s)

  5 Bagatelles, Op. 23a (arr. L. Ashmore for clarinet and strings)
4.   I. Prelude: Allegro deciso 00:03:19
5.   II. Romance: Andante tranquillo 00:04:14
6.   III. Carol: Andante semplice 00:01:57
7.   IV. Forlana: Allegretto grazioso 00:02:58
8.   V. Fughetta: Allegro vivace 00:02:12

Finzi, Gerald

  Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 28a (excerpts)
9.   VII. Soliloquy I: The King's Poem 00:01:58
10.   VIII. Soliloquy II: Longaville's Sonnet 00:01:41
11.   IX. Soliloquy III: Dumaine's Poem 00:01:17
  A Severn Rhapsody, Op. 3
12.   A Severn Rhapsody, Op. 3 00:06:46
  Romance in E-Flat Major, Op. 11
13.   Romance in E - Flat Major, Op. 11 00:08:16
  Introit in F Major, Op. 6
14.   Introit in F Major, Op. 6 00:08:22


Disc 2

Finzi, Gerald

  Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 40
1.   I. Allegro moderato 00:15:28
2.   II. Andante quieto 00:12:32
3.   III. Rondo: Adagio - Allegro giocoso 00:09:08
  Eclogue, Op. 10
4.   Eclogue, Op. 10 00:10:51
  Grand Fantasia and Toccata, Op. 38
5.   Grand Fantasia and Toccata, Op. 38 00:13:44


Disc 3

Finzi, Gerald
Taylor, Edward, lyricist(s)

  3 Anthems, Op. 27: No. 2. God is gone up
1.   3 Anthems, Op. 27: No. 2. God is gone up 00:04:26

Finzi, Gerald
Bible - New Testament, lyricist(s)

  Magnificat, Op. 36
2.   Magnificat, Op. 36 00:09:30

Finzi, Gerald
Taylor, Edward, lyricist(s)

  3 Anthems, Op. 27: No. 1. My lovely one
3.   3 Anthems, Op. 27: No. 1. My lovely one 00:02:28
  3 Anthems, Op. 27: No. 3. Welcome sweet and sacred feast
4.   3 Anthems, Op. 27: No. 3. Welcome sweet and sacred feast 00:07:30

Finzi, Gerald
Bridges, Robert Seymour, lyricist(s)

  Thou didst delight my eyes, Op. 32
5.   Thou didst delight my eyes, Op. 32 00:02:20

Finzi, Gerald

  Let us now praise famous men, Op. 35
6.   Let us now praise famous men, Op. 35 00:02:52

Finzi, Gerald
Bridges, Robert Seymour, lyricist(s)

  7 Unaccompanied Partsongs, Op. 17
7.   No. 1. I praise the tender flower 00:02:17
8.   No. 2. I have loved flowers that fade 00:02:30
9.   No. 3. My spirit sang all day 00:01:40
10.   No. 4. Clear and gentle stream 00:04:13
11.   No. 5. Nightingales 00:03:05
12.   No. 6. Haste on, my joys! 00:02:00
13.   No. 7. Wherefore tonight so full of care 00:03:11

Finzi, Gerald
Crashaw, Richard, lyricist(s)

  Lo, the full, final sacrifice, Op. 26
14.   Lo, the full, final sacrifice, Op. 26 00:14:08


Disc 4

Finzi, Gerald
Hardy, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  I Said to Love, Op. 19b
1.   No. 1. I Need not Go 00:02:10
2.   No. 2. At Middle - Field Gate in February 00:03:27
3.   No. 3. Two Lips 00:00:56
4.   No. 4. In Five - score Summers (Meditation) 00:01:47
5.   No. 5. For Life I Had Never Cared Greatly 00:02:07
6.   No. 6. I Said to Love 00:03:06

Finzi, Gerald
Shakespeare, William, lyricist(s)

  Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18
7.   No. 1. Come Away, Come Away, Death 00:03:30
8.   No. 2. Who is Silvia 00:01:36
9.   No. 3. Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun 00:05:42
10.   No. 4. O Mistress Mine 00:01:42
11.   No. 5. It was a Lover and his Lass 00:02:32

Finzi, Gerald
Hardy, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  Before and after Summer, Op. 16
12.   No. 1. Childhood among the Ferns 00:03:29
13.   No. 2. Before and after Summer 00:02:36
14.   No. 3. The Self - unseeing 00:02:54
15.   No. 4. Overlooking the River 00:02:38
16.   No. 5. Channel Firing 00:06:38
17.   No. 6. In the Mind's Eye 00:01:48
18.   No. 7. The Too Short Time 00:03:07
19.   No. 8. Epeisodia 00:02:03
20.   No. 9. Amabel 00:02:58
21.   No. 10. He Abjures Love 00:04:33


Disc 5

Finzi, Gerald
Wordsworth, William, lyricist(s)

  Intimations of Immortality, Op. 29
1.   Andante sostenuto 00:04:43
2.   There was a time when meadow, grove and stream 00:02:56
3.   The Rainbow comes and goes 00:02:04
4.   Now, while the birds thus sing a joyous song 00:04:44
5.   Ye blessed Creatures, I have heard the call 00:00:58
6.   Oh evil day! If I were sullen 00:02:14
7.   But there's a Tree, of many, one 00:01:51
8.   Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting 00:03:05
9.   Earth fills her lap with pleasures of her own 00:01:52
10.   Oh joy! That in our embers 00:02:49
11.   But for those first affections 00:03:52
12.   Then sing, ye Birds, sing, sing a joyous song! 00:03:21
13.   And O, ye Fountains, Meadows, Hills and Groves 00:04:29

Finzi, Gerald
Blunden, Edmund Charles, lyricist(s)

  For St Cecilia, Op. 30
14.   Delightful Goddess, in whose fashionings 00:02:31
15.   Changed is the age; mysterious, man's next star 00:03:18
16.   How came you, lady of fierce martyrdom 00:04:43
17.   How smilingly the saint among her friends 00:02:13
18.   Wherefore we bid you to the full concent 00:03:51


Disc 6

Finzi, Gerald
Hardy, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  Earth and Air and Rain, Op. 15
1.   No. 1. Summer Schemes 00:02:34
2.   No. 2. When I Set Out for Lyonesse 00:02:06
3.   No. 3. Waiting Both 00:03:24
4.   No. 4. The Phantom 00:03:45
5.   No. 5. So I Have Fared 00:02:49
6.   No. 6. Rollicum - Rorum 00:01:41
7.   No. 7. To Lizbie Browne 00:04:01
8.   No. 8. The Clock of the Years 00:04:24
9.   No. 9. In a Churchyard 00:03:51
10.   No. 10. Proud Songsters 00:03:05

Finzi, Gerald
Lucas, Frank Lawrence / Barker, George / Flecker, James Elroy / Traherne, Thomas / De la Mare, Walter / Jones, William, lyricist(s)

  To a Poet, Op. 13a
11.   No. 1. To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence 00:05:02
12.   No. 2. On Parent Knees 00:01:33
13.   No. 3. Intrada 00:01:34
14.   No. 4. The Birthnight 00:01:45
15.   No. 5. June on Castle Hill 00:02:01
16.   No. 6. Ode on the Rejection of St Cecilia 00:05:07

Finzi, Gerald
Hardy, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  By Footpath and Stile, Op. 2
17.   No. 1. Paying Calls 00:03:47
18.   No. 2. Where the Picnic Was 00:04:04
19.   No. 3. The Oxen 00:02:42
20.   No. 4. The Master and the Leaves 00:02:49
21.   No. 5. Voices from Things Growing in a Churchyard 00:06:34
22.   No. 6. Exeunt Omnes 00:03:17


Disc 7

Finzi, Gerald
Hardy, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14
1.   No. 1. A Young Man's Exhortation 00:03:08
2.   No. 2. Ditty 00:03:28
3.   No. 3. Budmouth Dears 00:01:58
4.   No. 4. Her Temple 00:02:08
5.   No. 5. The Comet at Yell'ham 00:03:37
6.   No. 6. Shortening Days 00:02:51
7.   No. 7. The Sigh 00:03:41
8.   No. 8. Former Beauties 00:03:06
9.   No. 9. Transformations 00:01:42
10.   No. 10. The Dance Continued 00:03:38
  Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19a
11.   No. 1. Let me enjoy the earth 00:02:29
12.   No. 2. In years defaced 00:03:38
13.   No. 3. The Market Girl 00:01:52
14.   No. 4. I look into my glass 00:02:13
15.   No. 5. It never looks like summer here 00:01:17
16.   No. 6. At a Lunar Eclipse 00:03:51
17.   No. 7. Life laughs onwards 00:02:09

Finzi, Gerald
Rossetti, Christina / Blunden, Edmund Charles / Shanks, Edward / Gurney, Ivor / Bridges, Robert Seymour / Hardy, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  Oh Fair to See, Op. 13b
18.   No. 1. I say 'I'll seek her side' 00:02:46
19.   No. 2. Oh fair to see 00:01:36
20.   No. 3. As I lay in the early sun 00:01:50
21.   No. 4. Only the wanderer 00:01:54
22.   No. 5. To Joy 00:03:27
23.   No. 6. Harvest 00:04:19
24.   No. 7. Since we loved 00:01:26


Disc 8

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: 08:34:31






Composer(s):
Finzi, Gerald

Lyricist(s):
Barker, George; Bible - New Testament; Blunden, Edmund Charles; Bridges, Robert Seymour; Crashaw, Richard; De la Mare, Walter; Flecker, James Elroy; Gurney, Ivor; Hardy, Thomas; Jones, William; Knevet, Ralph; Lucas, Frank Lawrence; Milton, John; Peele, George; Rossetti, Christina; Shakespeare, William; Shanks, Edward; Taylor, Edward; Traherne, Thomas; Wordsworth, William

Arranger(s):
Ashmore, Lawrence

Conductor(s):
Griffiths, Howard; Hill, David; Robinson, Christopher

Orchestra(s):
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Northern Sinfonia

Ensemble(s):
Sacconi Quartet

Choir(s):
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus; St. John's College Choir, Cambridge

Artist(s):
Ainsley, John Mark; Burnside, Iain; Donohoe, Peter; Gilchrist, James; Hatfield, Lesley; Hugh, Tim; Plane, Robert; Whitton, Christopher; Williams, Roderick

Label: Naxos

Series: Boxed Sets

Genre: Choral - Sacred; Choral - Secular; Concerto; Orchestral; Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.508017

Barcode: 747313801732

Physical Release: 09/2016

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