Finzi - Cello Concerto, Eclogue, etc. | Chandos CHSA5214

Finzi - Cello Concerto, Eclogue, etc.

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5214

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 31st August 2018

Contents

Artists

Paul Watkins (cello)
Louis Lortie (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Davis

Works

Finzi, Gerald

Cello Concerto, op.40
Eclogue, op.10
Grand Fantasia and Toccata, op.38
New Year Music, op.7

Artists

Paul Watkins (cello)
Louis Lortie (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Davis

About

A broad and meticulous selection of orchestral works and concertos by Gerald Finzi is here matched by a first-class cast of soloists, supported by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis, an expert in British repertoire.

Paul Watkins displays exhilarating virtuosity in the Cello Concerto, a central work on this album, composed in the wake of the devastating news that Finzi was terminally ill, but yet filled with ‘vigorous, almost turbulent thematic material’, as he wrote in the programme note for the work’s premiere at the Cheltenham Music Festival in 1955.

Louis Lortie, for his part, tackles the high-spirited and majestic Grand Fantasia and Toccata, the Fantasia originally conceived as part of a concerto for piano and strings and first performed on two pianos. This contrasts with the more restrained Eclogue for Piano and Strings, timeless, and blessed with a mood of benediction.

This album also features the orchestral Nocturne (subtitled ‘New Year Music’), dark, misty, and at times ironic.

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