Finzi - Intimations of Immortality, Dies natalis | Hyperion - Helios CDH55432

Finzi - Intimations of Immortality, Dies natalis

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Label: Hyperion - Helios

Cat No: CDH55432

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd February 2015



John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Corydon Singers
Corydon Orchestra


Matthew Best


Finzi, Gerald

Dies natalis, op.8
Intimations of Immortality, op.29


John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Corydon Singers
Corydon Orchestra


Matthew Best


This album brings together two of Finzi’s most characteristic works. Dies natalis, a setting of prose and verse by the seventeenth-century metaphysical poet Thomas Traherne, is a piece of sublime concord and timelessness, music which vividly suggests the vision of a child’s innocence and unsullied perception of the world which lies at the heart of Traherne’s philosophy. I

ntimations of Immortality is by contrast a lament for the lost joys of Traherne’s idealized childhood. Finzi uses Wordsworth’s famous ode to convey his view that ‘a dead poet lives in many a live stockbroker’ and the result is a work of arresting beauty.

Rich, glowing performances in a class apart’ - BBC Music Magazine

There have been several excellent previous recordings of Dies natalis but John Mark Ainsley’s rendition is as fine as the best of them. This recent release is indispensable to the Finzi aficionado and highly recommended to all who enjoy the early twentieth-century English school of composers’ - Fanfare, USA

I shall treasure this recording’ - Organists’ Review

The performance by tenor John Mark Ainsley and Corydon Singers weds the ecstatic to the sublime’ - The New Yorker, USA

With such ardent, beautiful singing that communicates deep respect for the music, it’s a performance to treasure … a ravishingly poignant release’ - Soundscapes, Australia

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