Started by tjguitar, April 16, 2007, 02:08:51 PM
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Quote from: Roasted Swan on August 09, 2021, 07:03:08 AMI listened to the Cello Concerto the other day in this version;I can't fault the performance - but I found I had the same reaction I do every time I listen to this work. Love the opening movement and then as it procedes my interest wanes and by the end I'm almost bored. Still don't know why. The couplings on this naxos disc are great - Peter Donohoe is such a fine pianist. But is there an odder piece than the Grand Fantasia & Toccata. Starts as Bach on steroids for about the first seven solo minutes then hammers away with the orchestra too before the six minute early Walton toccata/fugato. More fun to listen to than my description might read. But how on earth do you programme this? It sounds hard for the soloist and feels 'big' but at just 15 minutes is not a "concerto" and a bit long as an opener!
Quote from: kyjo on September 14, 2021, 02:57:41 PMAlthough the Finzi is one of my all-time favorite cello concerti, I can understand your reservations regarding the first movement. It has a gripping opening and, later on, a soulful cadenza which builds up steam to a desperately intense coda which ends with a "scream into the abyss" (perhaps I'm reading too much into it ). But yes, the middle chunk of the movement does tend to meander a bit. Surely you can't have any reservations about the slow movement and finale, though? To me, the slow movement is one of the purest expressions of heartfelt longing ever written, and the finale sounds to me like "smiling in the face of sadness" with its indomitable sense of joy that's slightly tinged with melancholy. In light of Finzi's close-to-death circumstances while writing the work I find it all tremendously moving!
Quote from: Symphonic Addict on September 15, 2021, 08:00:23 PMEarlier I was listening to The Fall of the Leaf from this extraordinary CD. Finzi permeates his music with the purest and most sincere possible expression. It features a tune that could easily be found in film music. Just charming.
Quote from: vandermolen on September 17, 2021, 11:08:38 AMBest Finzi CD known to me although Wilfred Brown's recording of 'Dies Natalis' is perhaps best of all.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on September 17, 2021, 12:35:10 PMOld territory I know but goodness the artistic and technical quality of those Lyrita recordings almost without exception was absurdly high. As a label their releases still give me collectively as much pleasure as any.......
Quote from: Irons on September 19, 2021, 11:45:48 PMThe only section of my LPs sorted by label not composer.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on September 20, 2021, 03:14:20 AMInteresting! PD
Quote from: Irons on September 20, 2021, 07:44:16 AMOddly, information pertaining to Lyrita is hard, but not impossible, to come by. Richard Itter, unlike Decca and EMI, were not forthcoming with dates and recording personal for his recordings.During a discussion on a YT channel I wondered how many Lyrita recordings there actually are. Itter made 20 odd in his home studio. The first orchestral recording SRCS 31 (Ireland) 1966 and the last SRCS 130 (RVW/Foulds) in1984. There are some odds and ends, an Alwyn opera for example, but I am surprised. The sum total does not far as I can tell reach 130. I thought it would be double that.
Quote from: calyptorhynchus on August 21, 2023, 02:08:58 PMAfter reading the Gerald Finzi/Howard Ferguson Letters I decided to read Banfield's book again, (I'd read it in 1999 and couple of times since).What struck me this time much more was how Banfield really doesn't like Finzi's music (so why did agree to write the book on being asked by the Finzi Trust whether he would?). So I decided to go through and every time Banfield discusses a Finzi work and compares it unfavourable with another work or more generally with the work of another composer I have listened to the Finzi work and the work alluded to, or a similar piece by the composer mentioned more favourably. In almost all cases Finzi comes out on top for me.I think Finzi's music is a classic case of music that sounds much better than it looks on the page (as Banfield the musicologist sees it).
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on August 22, 2023, 04:53:28 AMYes, it seems like a strange task for someone to undertake if they didn't like the music. I do love his music and find it to be very moving...particularly his cello concerto.PD
Quote from: Roasted Swan on August 23, 2023, 05:44:27 AMSlightly off thread topic but in similar vein - A E F Dickinson's "Vaughan Williams" [Faber & Faber pub. 1963]; Dickinson is definitely a "glass half-empty" kind or writer/analyst - prone to find flaws in music before beauty or emotion. In purely research terms it has been long superseded but its still a curio as to why bother writing it in the first place!
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