Gerald Finzi – Recommended Recordings

Dies Natalis (+ Britten, Serenade, Nocturne), Jacqueline Shave, Britten Sinfonia, Mark Padmore, Harmonia Mundi 807552

Or: David Hill, Bournemouth SO, James Glichrist, Naxos 8.570417

(plus Farewell To Arms, Two Sonnets)

Intimations of Immortality, Grand Fantasia and Toccata, Richard Hickox,

Royal Liverpool PO, Philip Langridge, Philip Fowke, EMI 64720 (oop, ArkivCD)

Or: David Hill, Bournemouth SO & Chorus, James Glichrist, Naxos 8.557863 (without the Grand Fantassia but including For Saint Cecilia)

EMI’s version of the Intimations ofImmortality is a classic, as is the Dies Natalis (with works by Holst and Vaughan Williams), conducted by Finzi’s son, Christopher. Both are worth searching for used.

Gerald Finzi: Intimations of Immortality

Intimations of Immortality and Dies Natalis, Matthew Best, Corydon Singers & Orchestra, Hyperion 66876.

This is the only label with both works on one CD in slightly less expressive performances than the EMI releases.

‘‘A Centenary Collection’’: Clarinet Concerto, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Ecologue for Piano and Strings et al., William Boughton, English String Orchestra, Martin Jones, Alan Hacker, Nimbus NI 5665.

A wonderful CD released in 2001 for the centennial of Finzi’s birth

Clarinet Concerto, Five Bagatelles, A Severn Rhapsody et al., Howard Griffiths, Northern Sinfonia, Robert Plane, Lesley Hatfield, Naxos 8.553566.

A great bargain, especially for the clarinet works.
Violin Concerto, In Years Defaced, Prélude, Romance, Richard Hickox, City of London Sinfonia, John Mark Ainsley, Tasmin Littl, Chandos 9888

The first complete recording of the Violin Concerto for confirmed Finzi aficionados. Re-issued with the terrific Cello Concerto (with Vernon Handley and Raphael Wallfischon) on Chandos 10425.

Cello Concerto; Grand Fantasia and Toccata; Ecologue, Howard Griffiths, Northern Sinfonia, Timothy Hugh, Peter Donohoe, Naxos 8.555766

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