Saturday, April 2, 2016

Gerald Finzi: Chamber Music - Five Bagatelles for Clarinet & String Quartet - Elegy for Violin & Piano Romance for String Quartet - Diabelleries - Introit for Violin & Piano - Interlude for Oboe & String Quartet - Prelude & Fugue for String Trio - MDG 2015

Here's a quick post as I'm at my parent's house and once again I'm likely coming across as an uninterested, underwhelming specimen of a son; Damien is a saint by comparison. My father bought a few discs recently and they are good ones, including a recent (2015) Martinu recording on BIS and this Gerald Finzi that I am about to post now. I realized that I haven't posted any Finzi on my blog yet (along with other British composers I adore, such as Howells, Moeran etc.) so this fitting enough! This disc is entirely new to me and thus far it's impressive. I have only listened to the "Five Bagatelles" (which I have many recordings of; my favorite is a version for Clarinet and String orchestra) as arranged here for Clarinet and String Quartet; it's most effective in this guise! I will have to post more Finzi soon - now I am aching to listen to the oh-so-very gorgeous "Eclogue for Piano and Strings" which imo has its finest performance on a Naxos disc (with the Northern Sinfonia, from 2000 or 2001 I think). Another prize-winner of a disc, a companion cd also on Naxos, has a near perfect performance of the popular Clarinet Concerto. As far as the rest of this MDG program of Finzi chamber works - well I'm excited to give a real listen at home tonight!

Enjoy everyone, and good weekend to you :)


theblueamos said...

Excellent indeed.Thank you very much for this beauty.Best wishes from Jerusalem.

Rob Collis said...
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perdido said...

Agree with you on that Naxos performance of the Eclogue (Peter Donohoe)

Tzadik said...

Hi blue, good start-of-the-weekend to you. Happy you like the Finzi!



Audentity said...

Some very nice chamber music. Thanks!!

Tzadik said...

Hello Audentity, nice of you to comment, you are quite welcome!