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FINZI: Dies natalis / Farewell to Arms / 2 Sonnets

Composer(s)Finzi, Gerald
Artist(s) Hill, David, Conductor • Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraGilchrist, James, tenor
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category OrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.570417
Label Naxos
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Quintessentially Finzi, the tender yet radiant Dies natalis, a setting of texts by the 17thcentury poet Thomas Traherne, depicts both the first sensations of a child as it enters the world, and life’s tarnishing experience of the innocence of childhood. In Farewell to Arms, a further example of Finzi’s enthusiasm for 17th-century poets, the steady but inevitable tramp of time, symbolized by the measured bass and the tenor’s sad, arching melody, becomes a poignant symbol for the brevity of life as expressed in lines such as ‘O time too swift, O swiftness never ceasing’. Finzi knew all too well that ‘Beauty, strength, youth are flowers but fading seen’.


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FINZI: Dies natalis / Farewell to Arms / 2 Sonnets 1:06:42   
  Dies natalis, Op. 8          
      I. Intrada 5:36       
      II. Rhapsody 7:32       
      III. The Rapture 4:01       
      IV. Wonder 4:28       
      V. The Salutation 4:39       
  Prelude in F Minor, Op. 25 4:35       
  The Fall of the Leaf, Op. 20 9:34       
  2 Sonnets, Op. 12          
      No. 1. When I consider 4:46       
      No. 2. How soon hath time 2:51       
  New Year Music, Op. 7 9:39       
  Farewell to Arms, Op. 9          
      I. Introduction 3:56       
      II. Aria: His golden locks 5:05       
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