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Finzi: Intimations Of Immortality, Dies Natalis / Ainsley, Best

Finzi / Ainsley / Best / Corydon Singers
Release Date: 02/10/2015 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55432   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gerald Finzi
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon SingersCorydon Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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. Intimations 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
Read more 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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Works on This Recording

1.
Intimations of Immortality for Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 29 by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers,  Corydon Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
2.
Dies natalis, Op. 8 by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1939; England 

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