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FINZI: Cello Concerto / Grand Fantasia and Toccata / Eclogue

Composer(s):Finzi, Gerald
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.555766
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Naxos version, with Tim Hugh a most sensitive soloist, has the advantage not only of bargain price but of a very apt coupling in two of Finzi’s concertante works with piano, originally designed for a concerto. Peter Donohoe is the powerful soloist, not always as tender as he might be, but still very sympathetic. A good bargain alternative choice.

Review By Bill Marsh,The Delian,March 2002

"Naxos continues its fine series of English music with a very good Finzi collection... The Eclogue is one of Finzi's most heartfelt pieces and it gets a good performance here from Donohoe and the Northern Sinfonia, although strings could be fuller... The best effort is the Cello Concerto. Tim Hugh gives a fine performance."

Review By The Economist,December 2001

"Another centenary that has brought some neglected music to public attention is that of Gerald Finzi. One of his last works, a cello concerto that was first performed in 1955, the year before his death, is given a vivid new outing by Tim Hugh with the Northern Sinfonia conducted by Howard Griffiths. Finzi combines an unmistakably English, pastoral influence with a bleakness that seems to depict both the composer's own mortality and the weary lessons of the immediate past. The CD also includes some of Finzi's piano works, eloquently played by Peter Donohoe."

Review By Geoffrey Norris,The Daily Telegraph (Australia),November 2001

"The Finzi centenary yields up this fine, budget-priced performance of the Cello Concerto, a work that has a particular poignancy in that it was the last music the composer heard while lying on his deathbed in September 1956. It is a work shot through with anguish, resignation and a touch of defiance, too. ...Tim Hugh and the Northern Sinfonia stress its strengths both in terms of emotional colouring and in the balance of tender nostalgia with more dramatic pitting of forces one against the other.



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