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The Best of Finzi - Iain Burnside (piano); John Mark Ainsley (tenor); Peter Donohoe (piano); Robert Plane (clarinet);...
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  1. Concerto for clarinet & string orchestra in C minor, Op. 31: 1. Allegro vigoroso
  2. Let us garlands bring, for voice & piano, Op. 18: No. 1, Come away death
  3. Seven Poems of Robert Bridges, for unaccompanied chorus, Op. 17: 4. Clear and gentle stream
  4. Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25: Adagio espressivo
  5. Anthems (3) for chorus & organ, Op 27: No. 2 God is Gone Up
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  1. Concerto for clarinet & string orchestra in C minor, Op. 31: 1. Allegro vigoroso
  2. Let us garlands bring, for voice & piano, Op. 18: No. 1, Come away death
  3. Seven Poems of Robert Bridges, for unaccompanied chorus, Op. 17: 4. Clear and gentle stream
  4. Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25: Adagio espressivo
  5. Anthems (3) for chorus & organ, Op 27: No. 2 God is Gone Up
  6. Fall of the Leaf, elegy for orchestra in D minor, Op 20 (orchestration completed by H. Ferguson)
  7. For St. Cecilia, ceremonial ode for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 30: 1. Delightful Goddess, in whose fashionings...
  8. Concerto for cello & orchestra in A Minor, Op 40: 2. Andante quieto
  9. Intimations of Immortality for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op 29: Then sing, ye Birds, sing a joyous song!
  10. A Young Man's Exhortation, songs (10) for tenor & piano, Op.14: 1. A Young Man's Exhortation
  11. Dies Natalis, cantata for soprano (or tenor) & string orchestra, Op. 8: 1. Intrada: Andante con moto
  12. Earth and Air and Rain, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 15: 6. Rollicum-Rorum
  13. Till Earth Outwears, song cycle for soprano (or tenor) & piano, Op. 19: 5. It never looks like summer here
  14. Eclogue in F major for piano & string orchestra, Op. 10
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Gerald Finzi, and important and prolific English composer in the first half of the twentieth century, had a life unduly filled with loss. Although he only lived 55 years, he survived through the death of many family members and close friends. By 1951 -- five years before his own death -- he was diagnosed with a form of leukemia and knew that it was only a matter of time. Many of Finzi's works clearly reflect the hardships he endured through melancholy, reflective moods. But a surprising number of his compositions are rather ...

The Best of Finzi 2008, Naxos

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