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Stanford, Finzi: Clarinet Concertos / Thea King, Et Al


Release Date: 07/10/2001 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55101   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gerald FinziCharles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Thea King
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The contrast is striking. Stanford’s Clarinet Concerto may be the more solidly constructed and efficiently crafted work, but compared with Finzi’s vitality, expressive subtlety and long-breathed lyrical charm, it’s rarely more than a worthy effort. Thea King’s shaping and colouring of Finzi’s almost improvisatory melodic lines is more deeply persuasive than any other recorded version I know – touching without being sentimental. As for the Stanford, I’ll just say that King’s playing suggests she likes it more than I did. Neither recording sounds quite as fresh and clear as they did when they first appeared, 20 years ago, but they’re still more than serviceable.

-- Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine
The contrast is striking. Stanford’s Clarinet Concerto may be the more solidly constructed and efficiently crafted work, but compared with Finzi’s vitality, expressive subtlety and long-breathed lyrical charm, it’s rarely more than a worthy effort. Thea King’s shaping and colouring of Finzi’s almost improvisatory melodic lines is more deeply persuasive than any other recorded version I know – touching without being sentimental. As for the Stanford, I’ll just say that King’s playing suggests she likes it more than I did. Neither recording sounds quite as fresh and clear as they did when they first appeared, 20 years ago, but they’re still more than serviceable.

-- Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Clarinet in C minor, Op. 31 by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Thea King (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1949; England 
2.
Concerto for Clarinet in A minor, Op. 80 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Thea King (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; England 

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