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Finzi & Leighton: Cello Concertos [CD]

Raphael Wallfisch Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra^Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley^Bryden Thomson
  • Composer: Gerald Finzi^Kenneth Leighton
  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00005NVGB
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Cello Concerto, Op. 40: I. Allegro moderatoRaphael Wallfisch15:52Album Only
Listen  2. Cello Concerto, Op. 40: II. Andante quietoVernon Handley13:34Album Only
Listen  3. Cello Concerto, Op. 40: III. Rondo: Adagio - Allegro giocosoRaphael Wallfisch 9:43Album Only
Listen  4. Cello Concerto, Op. 31: I. Allegro con moto - Meno mossoBryden Thomson12:32Album Only
Listen  5. Cello Concerto, Op. 31: II. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto e ritmico [il piu presto possibile] - Moderato e dolceBryden Thomson 9:37Album Only
Listen  6. Cello Concerto, Op. 31: III. Lentissimo: Molto sostenutoBryden Thomson10:16Album Only

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Raphael Wallfisch, violoncelle - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vernon Handley, direction - Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Bryden Thomson, direction

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated masterpiece 3 Aug 2010
By Bonzo
Format:Audio CD
There cannot be a more underrated cello concerto than Finzi's op.40. Written in 1955 only a year before his untimely death, it is a powerful work. Commencing with a dramatic orchestral introduction and ending with a charming and uplifting rondo, the concerto is enthralling over its (in this recording) 39 minutes. Despite having attended more than a thousand concerts over the last 25 years, the Finzi concerto has only turned up in two of them, compared with countless renditions of the Elgar. Is the former considered a little too long? Did it suffer from neglect because it is a big, romantic piece written at a time when acetic modernism was becoming fashionable? Who knows. Leighton's Veris Gratia suffers even more neglect, which is perhaps more understandable, as it is written for the unusual combination of oboe and cello. However, it makes a beautiful companion for the Finzi on this disk, and anyone with any love of English music should not hesitate from becoming familiar with both pieces.
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