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Finzi: Clarinet Concerto / Five Bagatelles / Three Soliloquies / Romance
 
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Finzi: Clarinet Concerto / Five Bagatelles / Three Soliloquies / Romance

3 Nov 1998 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 Nov 1998
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1998 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:11:04
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  • ASIN: B001LZKUG2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,326 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Gerald Finzi's output of orchestral music is small, the concertos for clarinet and cello being his best-known. Finzi's style is tonal and melodic, and he represents a strand of English music that can trace its origins to the romantics, especially Elgar and Richard Strauss.
The performance of the Clarinet Concerto is robust and not overly sentimental, with the counterpoint within the string parts clearly defined. The other pieces are not his best but are still good for a summer afternoon in the garden. For further listening, try the Cello Concerto (Naxos 8,555766) which also includes the lovely Ecologue for Piano and strings.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb 2001
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There is an awful reverse snobbery about English composers. They are looked down upon by critics, without any one actually giving a reason why, except, it seems, that everyone else says so. Just remember that it wasn't until Mendelssohn came along that JS Bach was appreciated as a great composer.
Finzi's great sin seems to be that he is a twentieth century composer that writes music you can listen to. If you like Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Delius, then you will like Finzi. He did not write large scale, heavyweight music, but that makes him no more a musical lightweight than it does Grieg.
I have no hesitation wholeheartedly recommending this CD. All the music is beautiful and played very well and, at a fiver, you cannot go wrong. Anyone that thinks that Finzi is a cowpat composer is a musical ignoramus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Dec 2010
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The haunting melody of Finzi's Forlane (from the Bagatelles) drew me to this lovely Naxos CD. Before, Finzi meant little more than a footnote to a recording of RVW's Piano Concerto Vaughan Williams, Delius: Piano Concertos; Finzi: Eclogue, but now I hear a gifted English composer deserving of attention in his own right. The concerto has some passionate moments and the rest of the CD is very pleasing. English pastoralism is part of our musical makeup, and just because it's melodic and often gentle doesn't have to mean it's cloying or superfluous. Since when was melody a symptom of laziness or disengagement?

Music is meant to be enjoyed; it needn't be the aural equivalent of eating brillo pads.
Please yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles H on 10 May 2011
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Only came across this music because part of it was used as background for radio 4's production of "Fortunes of War", which I recorded, then listened to endlessly over six weeks while moulding beams in green oak. The few bars they used soaked into my consciousness. I'd never even heard of Finzi until then, so wasn't really sure what his music would be like, beyond the bars I'd learned by heart. This CD was a very welcome surprize. Between-the-wars English, but with bite. Lyrical, but sharp, too. If you like Clarinet, you should buy this CD and give yourself a treat. Mine came the next day, well packed, and at the sort of Naxos price that makes listening a double pleasure.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb 2001
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For the price of a cheap concert ticket you can risk buying a disc like this knowing if it isn't any good, you've not really lost more than an evening's listening.
And, if it is as good as this you've got a gem of a CD introducing you to a composer who you might otherwise never hear.
I won't make massive claims for Finzi: He is a Jane Austen of a composer - provincial, light, witty and entertaining. He isn't a Beethoven or a Brahms.
Having said that, there are moments of darkness, moments of depth, especially in the Clarinet Concerto (surely this recording should mean more live performances?), but the lasting impression is more of joy and, 'Englishness'.
Elgar lies behind this music, as does Vaughn Williams, Holst and Parry - and a whole host of English music teachers (all honourable!). Finzi isn't making cheap copies, he has a voice of his own, a voice with a very strong sense of place and time.
The performances are fine - Robert Plane's clarinet sings lyrically and the Northern Sinfonia under Howard Griffiths support well giving a breath of fresh air to this neglected repertoire.
(By the way - I like Jane Austen)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Ghostly on 2 Oct 2002
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Being a hard rock fan with a vague interest in medieval, baroque and rennaissance music I'm relatively new to this whole field of classical music, but I've always wanted to take the plunge and now I've gotten very much into it lately. Classical music is such a wide area, so for the uninitiated those "best of" releases (hated by long-time classical fans, I'm sure) may always be the best place to start. For me it was a case of hearing Bach's "Air" a little while back and being hooked right away, then discovering Handel (who's now my favourite of the old composers), and then stumbling over this Naxos release with Finzi one day. I can't believe he's not more known or respected, I think he's brilliant. I just can't stop listening to this CD, it's now my favourite classical album. Finzi's style is very interesting, almost like he was scoring a film when he wrote his music. The performances are all superb, and I defy anyone to say they don't like this music; I don't see how you can not. I have the other Finzi CD with the excellent Northern Sinfonia from Naxos, and I hope more will eventually come out.
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