- Audio CD (22 Dec. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Bel Air
- ASIN: B00006L3H7
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The Music of Aldo Finzi (world première recordings)
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Bel Air Music has made a major discovery in the Italian late Romantic composer Aldo Finzi (1897-1945). His music was first recorded by the company last year when some of his brilliant symphonic poems (Numquam, SInfonia Romana, L'infinito & Cirano de Bergerac) were premiered in couplings with popular repertoire by other composers. Both discs received much deserved acclaim from critics. Now the label releases a full disc of world première recordings - a mixture of orchestral and chamber works, piano pieces and songs - giving listeners a taste of the wide range of this neglected composer's beautiful music.
In recent years, Finzi's now elderly son Brun and grandson, Paolo, have had some success getting his music performed in Italy. And Dmitry Yablonsky has taken up the cause of "this wonderful composer" conducting seven orchestral works for Bel Air, and playing the cello in the tender Berceuse on this CD, accompanied by his mother Oxana Yablonskaya. She is also soloist in the highly original Interludio for piano and orchestra and performs two piano pieces, including the incomparably lovely Pavana.
The disc opens with memorable orchestral music - the jazz-influenced Danza (a Straussian score incorporating two saxophones and two pianos) and Come all'ultimo suo ciascuna artista, a glorious symphonic poem into which Finzi poured all the treasures of his fervent imagination - and it ends, simply and serenely, with a group of six songs. The settings are French, Italian and finally English - a charming love song, Catharine, with words by Aldo Finzi himself. They are exquisitely sung by the soprano Khibla Gerzmava, winner of the 1994 Tchaikovsky International Competition.
The Russian State Orchestra, Oxana Yablonskaya - (piano), Dmitry Yablonsky - (conductor & cello), Khibla Gerzmava - (soprano), Catherine Ganelina - (piano)
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