Gerald Finzi - Intimations of Immortality; Dies natalis
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Wordsworth's "Intimations of Immortality" is said to be one of the great masterpieces of English poetry. Finzi's setting of it has been criticised in the UK as being inappropriate due to the "fact" that "great poetry requires no musical setting." And so, by the same argument, composers should only use less-than-great texts. Now of course many of them do just that, particularly opera composers, but the truth is that when words meet music, it's the music that matters, and Finzi's is wonderful music indeed. Granted he was only a "minor master", but in the careful setting of words his talent was pretty impressive, as this lovely disc so eloquently demonstrates. --David HurwitzSee all Product description
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In his orchestration, Finzi captures the sense of the lyrics perfectly and skillfully. The music is beautifully sung by John Mark Ainsley; there is a lot of singing here, and all of it very fine. As usual, Best's direction ensures that every detail of this finely nuanced score is clearly rendered. Each to his own cup of tea; I will take this over Gershwin any day of the week. This is contemplative music for the contemplative mind, gorgeous and absolutely moving to the core.
I am happy to have heard these pieces, and I believe the earlier reviewer who praises the performance. It's just that these are relatively lightweight pieces.