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on 14 September 2014
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 Bagatelles, personally I prefer the Clarinet and Piano version, but this fits perfectly with the other works on the album. Naxos, together with Robert Plane, have produced an excellent range of works from this era.
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on 15 December 2015
Have come to appreciate these 20th century composers, and Finzi, like Butterworth breathes the air of "Englishness", gentle and very listenable. The recording of the cello Concerto is fine, and I am learning to appreciate our home-grown composers. Lovely CD
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on 30 May 2016
The haunting melodies of the clarinet concerto and the bagatelles are gorgeous. Possibly not to everyone's taste, judging by friends' mixed reactions, but I love it. Very English.
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on 12 February 2015
Love finding and his haunting clarinet works I was delighted with this purchase thanks.
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on 29 May 2000
Gerald Finzi's reputation has been blighted by the phrase, "cow-pat composer". This witty but cruelly inaccurate epithet has prevented generations of musicians, critics and music lovers from giving his compositions a fair chance.
This CD will come as a real eye-opener to anyone new to probably the most talented composer of the 20th century.
The clarinet concerto is possibly the best concerto for any instrument written during the century and the other pieces on this CD are simply some of the most beautiful melodies ever heard.
In the future, the music of Finzi will be played and loved long after musical fashion victims like Britten have been forgotten. This is your chance to enjoy a composer who will one day be rated alongside Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.
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on 30 August 2014
Excellent service - thoroughly enjoyable recording
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on 24 August 2011
For far too long, Finzi has been ignored or denigrated as "minor" or "pastoral" by the self-appointed arbiters of musical fashion. These third-rate hacks and disappointed academics have tried to suggest their own "superior" minds by declaring that only unapproachable, atonal and esoteric works should be accepted as "proper" 20th-century British classical music after the age of Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Get this record to see just how wrong they are. Finzi writes beautiful, instantly enjoyable music, set firmly in a tradition stretching back to Purcell. Like much English music (yes, including Elgar, V-W and Britten), it is often wistful and given to a certain type of autumnal melancholy. It's also a little uneven (everyone has their lesser moments), but the best is very good indeed and deserves a far wider hearing than it usually gets.

Performances on this CD are uniformly excellent, the sound is superb, and you simply can't beat this kind of value for money. Naxos are to be applauded on another fine release in this series.
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on 17 November 2014
beautiful music
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on 1 March 2012
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 Northern Sinfonia under Howard Griffiths
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on 31 March 2016
Terrific
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