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Quote from: calyptorhynchus on July 05, 2020, 12:17:04 AMI find that of the three or four recordings I have of The Fall of the Leaf I think the Hickox one is the best.I have playlist of Finzi's Four Seasons which some might like to listen to. It comprises spring (Prelude for Strings), summer (Romance for String Orchestra), autumn (Fall of the Leaf) and winter/new year (Nocturne). I know these pieces are in different keys and some are for strings whilst others are for full orchestra, but it makes a kind of sense.
Quote from: calyptorhynchus on July 05, 2020, 02:58:28 PMIn the early 20s Finzi completed an orchestral suite called The Bud, the Blossom and the Berry. The Prelude for strings is crafted out of the material for The Bud, the Fall of the Leaf from the material for the Berry. So much is confirmed by Banfield. I have always had it in my head that the Romance comes from the material for the Blossom. I can't find confirmation of this, but it sounds warmer than the Prelude anyway.
Quote from: Brian on September 28, 2020, 12:31:25 PMMichael Collins' very straightforward explanation for why he has re-recorded the Finzi Clarinet Concerto on a new BIS album:"I did it with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and I am really happy with it...but to get down to brass tacks the Finzi is a very popular piece with Classic FM, and they aren't allowed to play my recording because it's with a BBC orchestra, which I thought was a shame! My Mozart recording with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra is on Classic FM virtually every day, and the Finzi is just as popular, so I decided to do another version with my old orchestra that will actually get some air-time!"https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/articles/3501--interview-michael-collins-on-his-dual-career
Quote from: calyptorhynchus on September 28, 2020, 08:00:09 PMShows the problem with these "popular" classical channels. Even though the Finzi and the Mozart cl concs are wonderful works you shouldn't feature them every day, especially when there is so much other fine music to explore.
Quote from: Irons on November 12, 2020, 01:27:03 PMInterlude for Oboe and String Quartet.Typical of self-effacing Finzi to title such a fine work as 'Interlude'. I am wary of English chamber music with oboe as it has become at times a cliché, Finzi is too good a composer for that to occur. Pastoral connotations are few as this is mainly music of the human condition. Though only eleven and a half minutes it packs quite a few emotions, sad and at times angry, others wistful. A theme from Finzi's masterpiece Dies Natalis is easily recognisable in the middle section. I was taken in by the title thinking Interlude would be slight - it's not.
Quote from: vandermolen on November 16, 2020, 01:18:35 AMWhat are the other works like Lol?
Quote from: Oates on November 16, 2020, 03:54:19 AMAn ambitious coupling I'd say. I've only heard Michael Berkeley's orchestral works on Chandos - I don't dislike them but he tends towards the atonal approach.
Quote from: calyptorhynchus on August 08, 2021, 01:51:47 PMI was thinking about the Yo Yo Ma recording of the Cello Concerto today and it occurred to me that I don't actually know the story of why Ma made his recording. On the face of it is seems very unlikely, a young American cello virtuoso makes his first recording... of an almost unknown (and previously unrecorded) British cello concerto.
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: Pohjolas Daughter on August 09, 2021, 09:19:02 AMSorry to hear that you don't enjoy his cello concerto. Years ago a British friend introduced me to the work with the recording that you have and I found it do be intensely moving--particularly in light of what was going on in Finzi's life and his tragically young death. We all experience music differently though. Haven't heard his Grand Fantasia & Toccata before though.I do quite enjoy this album. Are you familiar with it RS?PD
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on August 09, 2021, 09:19:02 AMSorry to hear that you don't enjoy his cello concerto. Years ago a British friend introduced me to the work with the recording that you have and I found it do be intensely moving--particularly in light of what was going on in Finzi's life and his tragically young death. We all experience music differently though. Haven't heard his Grand Fantasia & Toccata before though.
Quote from: vandermolen on August 09, 2021, 02:02:34 AMI read an interview with Yo Yo Ma in which he chose the Finzi Cello Concerto as the one of his recordings that he would like to re-record.
Quote from: vandermolen on August 09, 2021, 09:24:29 AMNot addressed to me but I think that it's a great album PD. I think that Finzi worked best on a small scale, with his masterpiece being 'Dies Natalis'.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on August 09, 2021, 09:26:47 AMThe Grand Fantasia and Toccata is well worth seeking out. I've lost track of which versions I have listened to, but most recently listened to a recording with Hickox, Langrange and the Liverpool Philharmonic. A striking, genre-defying piece of music.The Cello Concerto and Clarinet Concerto are my favorite Finzi.
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