Finzi: A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

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Finzi - Earth and Air and Rain

Finzi - Earth and Air and Rain

Five song cycles to words by Thomas Hardy


Finzi:

Earth and Air and Rain, Op. 15

sung by Stephen Varcoe

Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19

sung by Martyn Hill

I Said to Love, Op. 19b

sung by Stephen Varcoe

A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

sung by Martyn Hill

Before and After Summer, Op. 16

sung by Stephen Varcoe


Clifford Benson (piano)

2 CDs for the price of 1.

‘There are so many really subtle and distinguished performances in this set, and so much sheerly beautiful singing, that I shall be listening to it often over the years’ (Gramophone)

“The welcome return of what now seem rather special archive recordings of Finzi's great Hardy settings. Direct, unselfconscious and ever-sentient performances.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 ****

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Song Cycles

Song Cycles


Britten:

Who are these children?, Op. 84

Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op. 61

Um Mitternacht

Finzi:

A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

Tippett:

Boyhood's End


Mark Padmore (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2005

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Gerald Finzi - Songs

Gerald Finzi - Songs


Finzi:

Before and After Summer, Op. 16

Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19

I Said to Love, Op. 19b

A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

Earth and Air and Rain, Op. 15


John Carol Case (baritone), Robert Tear (tenor), Neil Jenkins (tenor) & Howard Ferguson (piano)

"I do hate the bilge and bunkum about composers trying to 'add' to a poem - that a fine poem is complete in itself, and to set it is only to gild the lily, and so on ... I rather expected it [over the setting of two Milton Sonnets] and expect it still more when the Intimations [of Immortality] is finished . . . Obviously a poem may be unsatisfactory in itself for setting, but that is a purely musical consideration - that it has no architectural possibilities - no broad vowels where climaxes should be, and so on. But the first and last thing is that a composer is (presumably) moved by a poem and wishes to identify himself with it and share it." Gerald Finzi

Lyrita - SRCD282

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The English Song Series Volume 16 - Finzi Tenor Songs

The English Song Series Volume 16 - Finzi Tenor Songs


Finzi:

A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

Part I & 2. (Words by Thomas Hardy)

Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19

(Words by Thomas Hardy)

Oh Fair to See, Op. 13


“John Mark Ainsley's approach to music like this suggests that he comes to Finzi without any of the usual preconceptions. What he finds here… is an intensely musical feeling for words that's every bit as remarkable as Benjamin Britten's, plus a responsiveness to poetic atmosphere that enriches the texts without adding anything superfluous. Ainsley and his accompanist Iain Burnside respond to these qualities as though it were second nature to them. Singing and playing are rhythmically supple and lovingly attentive to detail...” BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2007 *****

“John Mark Ainsley certainly has more "ring" than most. There is a considerable sense of power in reserve, which makes his judicious use of it particularly effective. His virtues are regularly evident in these songs of Finzi, together with good, clear diction and a thoughtful expressiveness.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2007

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice

Naxos English Song Series - 8570414

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Oh Fair to See

Oh Fair to See

Song cycles for tenor & piano by Gerald Finzi


Finzi:

Oh Fair to See, Op. 13

Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19

A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14


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Matthew Polenzani: Live at the Verbier Festival & Academy

Matthew Polenzani: Live at the Verbier Festival & Academy


Finzi:

A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

Pedrotti:

Giulietta mia, serenata

Pizzetti:

I Pastori

Poulenc:

Fiançailles pour rire, FP101

Rossini:

Soirées Musicales: La Partenza

Schubert:

Frühlingsglaube, D686

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Du liebst mich nicht D756 (Platen)

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

Adelaide, D95

trad.:

Londonderry Air


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The English Song Collection

The English Song Collection


Bliss:

Elegiac Sonnet

Britten:

Winter Words, Op. 52

Finzi:

Oh Fair to See, Op. 13

Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19

A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

Gurney:

Ludlow and Teme

Leighton:

Earth, Sweet Earth

Vaughan Williams:

On Wenlock Edge

Warlock:

The Curlew


James Gilchrist (tenor), Anna Tilbrook (piano), Michael Cox (flute) & Gareth Hulse (cor anglais)

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

The Times states, '...as an interpreter of English song, Gilchrist is often in a class by himself'; James’ hugely popular series of works by Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Gurney and Britten have proved this is the case. This special 3-disc collection brings together his finest recordings to date.

This collection includes the premiere recording of Gurney’s masterpiece Ludlow & Teme using the composer’s revised and corrected version which the composer declared to be his favourite.

It also includes the first modern recording of Leighton’s Earth, Sweet Earth since the original recording by Neil Mackie for whom the work was written.

All of Gilchrist’s recordings with Linn have been highly acclaimed; ‘On Wenlock Edge’ was a Finalist in the ‘Solo Vocal Album of the Year’ category at the 2008 Gramophone Awards and ‘Oh Fair to See’ was named a ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music.

James Gilchrist is a sought-after recitalist whose voice has been described as pure and sensitive with an even and beautiful tone.

Pianist Anna Tilbrook (‘an eloquent partner’ Daily Telegraph) displays her substantial talents as an accompanist providing flawless support to long-term performing partner James.

Also featured in this collection are Michael Cox (flute), Gareth Hulse (cor anglais) and The Fitzwilliam String Quartet.

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A Finzi Anthology

A Finzi Anthology


includes

Finzi:

Clarinet Concerto, Op. 31

Robert Plane (clarinet)

Cello Concerto, Op. 40

Tim Hugh (cello)

Eclogue, Op. 10

Grand Fantasia and Toccata, Op. 38

Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice, Op. 26

Choir of St John's College Cambridge, Christopher Robinson

I Said to Love, Op. 19b

Roderick Williams (baritone), Iain Burnside (piano)

Intimations of Immortality, Op. 29

James Gilchrist (tenor)

For St Cecilia, Op. 30

Earth and Air and Rain, Op. 15

Roderick Williams (baritone), Iain Burnside (piano)

A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Dies natalis, Op. 8

James Gilchrist (tenor)


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.

“His music continues to be much admired and celebrated as it embraces a rich variety of moods, from elegiac lyricism, through spiritual reflection, to radiant joy.” Classical Music, May 2017

“Finzi's ineffable enchantment at word setting and musicality generally has an enduring place in pastoral-mystical-ecstatic British music. The only Finzi boxed set.” Music Week, October 2016

“His [Finzi’s] music continues to be much admired and celebrated as it embraces a rich variety of moods, from elegiac lyricism, through spiritual reflection, to radiant joy.” New Classics, March 2017

Naxos - 8508017

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