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Finzi - Clarinet Concerto [CD]

Robert Plane Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Composer: Gerald Finzi
  • Audio CD (2 Nov 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000HZXA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Clarinet Concerto in C minor, Op. 31: I. Allegro vigorosoRobert Plane 7:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Clarinet Concerto in C minor, Op. 31: II. Adagio, ma senza rigoreRobert Plane11:41Album Only
Listen  3. Clarinet Concerto in C minor, Op. 31: III. Rondo: Allegro giocosoRobert Plane 8:29Album Only
Listen  4. 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. L. Ashmore): I. Prelude: Allegro decisoRobert Plane 3:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. L. Ashmore): II. Romance: Andante tranquilloRobert Plane 4:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. L. Ashmore): III. Carol: Andante sempliceRobert Plane 1:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. L. Ashmore): IV. Forlana: Allegretto graziosoRobert Plane 2:580.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. L. Ashmore): V. Fughetta: Allegro vivaceRobert Plane 2:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 28a: I. The King's PoemRobert Plane 1:580.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 28a: II. Longaville's SonnetRobert Plane 1:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 28a: III. Dumaine's PoemRobert Plane 1:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Severn Rhapsody, Op. 3Robert Plane 6:450.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Romance in E flat major, Op. 11Northern Sinfonia 8:16Album Only
Listen14. Introit in F major, Op. 6Lesley Hatfield 8:22Album Only

Product Description

A Severn Rhapsody - Concerto pour clarinette - 5 Bagatelles - Introit - Romance - 3 Soliloquies / Robert Plane, clarinette - Northern Sinfonia, dir. Howard Griffiths

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A neglected voice 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars English music for clarinet, easy on the ear 24 Dec 2010
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome surprize 10 May 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank Goodness for Naxos 4 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite classical album 2 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Drawer Finzi clarinet works.
Superb playing by Robert Plane, lovely music if you like early 20th century English composers. There is an interesting contemporary string orchestra arrangement of the Five... Read more
Published 1 day ago by M. Martland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent service - thoroughly enjoyable recording
Published 15 days ago by PETER GRAHAM ELLEMENT
3.0 out of 5 stars pleasant enough background music
As you can see from the other reviews here, it's difficult with music like this. Those who like it stand accused of parochialism - of lacking discernment, or liking things just... Read more
Published 5 months ago by gille liath
5.0 out of 5 stars A discovery and one of the best Naxos discs
I bought this on a whim as I knew none of these works previously and what a rich musical discovery they are in performances one knows immediately, without any comparisons to draw... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bill Glen
5.0 out of 5 stars music hath charms
if you like english music you will like this, its very lovely, and highly recomended.elgar'vaughn williams ish.....prh its good to have in your collection.
Published 16 months ago by bible student
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerald Finzi
A wonderful performance of a fine work by a master clarinetist.
I never tire of this work and have been listening to it in the car and at home.
Many thanks.
Published 20 months ago by RICHARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Finzi Clarinet Concerto
This is an outstanding recording of music by Finzi. The soloist in the Clarinet Concerto gets to the heart and spirit of the piece with finely judged orchestral playing by the... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by Norman L. Castleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden In Plane View
This disc is excellent. The most substantial piece on it is the Clarinet Concerto, played very well by Robert Plane and the Northern Sinfonia. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by Ragnar
5.0 out of 5 stars Unjustly neglected composer.
For far too long, Finzi has been ignored or denigrated as "minor" or "pastoral" by the self-appointed arbiters of musical fashion. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by A. W. Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Elgar and Vaughan Williams
What a talent! Finzi is a marvel in 20th century British music. This cd is a wonderful collection, beautifully played, of some of this country's finest classical music. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2007 by Mr. C. J. Waldron
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