Finzi: Clarinet Concerto, Op. 31, etc.

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Finzi: Clarinet Concerto, Op. 31, etc.


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Clarinet Concerto, Op. 31

Five Bagatelles for clarinet & piano, Op. 23

arranged for clarinet & string orchestra by Lawrence Ashmore

Love's Labours Lost, Op 28: Three Soliloquies

A Severn Rhapsody, Op. 3

Romance for string orchestra, Op. 11

Introit for Solo Violin and Small Orchestra in F major, Op. 6

Robert Plane (clarinet) & Lesley Hatfield (violin)

Northern Sinfonia, Howard Griffiths



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Gerald Finzi: Clarinet Concerto in C minor, Op. 31

I. Allegro vigoroso

II. Adagio, ma senza rigore

III. Rondo: Allegro giocoso

Gerald Finzi: 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23

I. Prelude: Allegro deciso

II. Romance: Andante tranquillo

III. Carol: Andante semplice

IV. Forlana: Allegretto grazioso

V. Fughetta: Allegro vivace

Gerald Finzi: Love's Labours Lost, Op 28: 3 Soliloquies

I. The King's Poem

II. Longaville's Sonnet

III. Dumaine's Poem

Gerald Finzi: A Severn Rhapsody, Op. 3

A Severn Rhapsody, Op. 3

Gerald Finzi: Romance in E flat major, Op. 11

Romance in E flat major, Op. 11

Gerald Finzi: Introit, Op. 6

Introit in F major, Op. 6

Gramophone Magazine

“A highly accomplished, indeed commanding performance of Finzi's gorgeous Clarinet Concerto....another remarkable British music bargain from Naxos”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“This is a highly commanding performance of Finzi's gorgeous Clarinet Concerto from Northern Sinfonia principal, Robert Plane. With his bright, singing tone and effortless technical mastery, there's no shortage of intuitive poetry from Plane in the sublime central Adagio. Howard Griffiths's conducting is exemplary. We also get an atmospheric account of Lawrence Ashmore's idiomatic orchestration of the Five Bagatelles (with the poignant 'Romance' a highlight), as well as exquisitely drawn renderings of both the Romance for strings and 'Three Soliloquies' from Finzi's incidental music for a 1946 BBC production of Love's Labour's Lost. The fragrant, very early Severn Rhapsody (1923) makes a welcome return to the catalogue under Griffiths's deeply felt advocacy, and Lesley Hatfield makes a touching soloist in the radiant Introit (the slow movement of a withdrawn Violin Concerto). The sound and balance are extremely truthful, though the acoustic may be a little over-resonant for some tastes.”

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