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Finzi: Clarinet Concerto, Etc / Plane, Griffiths, Et Al


Release Date: 01/19/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553566   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Robert PlaneLesley Hatfield
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Clarinet Concerto by Gerald Finzi is one of the glories of English music and it is given a splendid performance by Robert Plane under the auspices of the Northern Sinfonia. Part sunny while at other times melancholy, this is a deeply-felt work that is all the more rewarding for Plane's appropriately warm tone and reserve. The Five Bagatelles, which are alternately sprightly and serene, are as equally evocative of the English pastoral tradition. The plaintive quality of the languid Andante tranquillo is especially moving.
The 'Three Soliloquies' originated as part of Finzi's incidental music for a 1946 BBC radio broadcast of Shakespeare's LOVE'S LABOURS LOST and were only later re-scored for concert performance. Finzi is a master at
Read more creating an atmosphere of romantic reverie and longing for the characters set at the court of the King of Navarre. As for the remaining works, 'A Severn Rhapsody' is gorgeous miniature that evokes the idyllic English countryside while the Romance in E flat appears to owe its influence to Elgar. Finally, the Introit in F is a gentle and tender work that was originally intended as the slow movement for a violin concerto that was later abandoned. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Bagatelles (5) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 23 by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Robert Plane (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941-1943; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Newcastle, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Lawrence Ashmore 
2. Love's Labours Lost, Op. 28: Soliloquy no 1, The King's Poem by Gerald Finzi
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946-1955; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Newcastle, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3. Love's Labours Lost, Op. 28: Soliloquy no 2, Longaville's Sonnet by Gerald Finzi
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946-1955; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Newcastle, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4. Love's Labours Lost, Op. 28: Soliloquy no 3, Dumaine's Poem by Gerald Finzi
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946-1955; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Newcastle, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5. A Severn Rhapsody, Op. 3 by Gerald Finzi
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Newcastle, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6. Romance for String Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 11 by Gerald Finzi
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Newcastle, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7. Introit for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 6 by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Lesley Hatfield (Violin)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925/1942; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Newcastle, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8. Concerto for Clarinet in C minor, Op. 31 by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Robert Plane (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1949; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Newcastle, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Clarinet Concerto in C minor, Op. 31: I. Allegro vigoroso
Clarinet Concerto in C minor, Op. 31: II. Adagio, ma senza rigore
Clarinet Concerto in C minor, Op. 31: III. Rondo: Allegro giocoso
5 Bagatelles, Op. 23: I. Prelude: Allegro deciso
5 Bagatelles, Op. 23: II. Romance: Andante tranquillo
5 Bagatelles, Op. 23: III. Carol: Andante semplice
5 Bagatelles, Op. 23: IV. Forlana: Allegretto grazioso
5 Bagatelles, Op. 23: V. Fughetta: Allegro vivace
Love's Labours Lost, Op 28: 3 Soliloquies: I. The King's Poem
Love's Labours Lost, Op 28: 3 Soliloquies: II. Longaville's Sonnet
Love's Labours Lost, Op 28: 3 Soliloquies: III. Dumaine's Poem
A Severn Rhapsody, Op. 3
Romance in E flat major, Op. 11
Introit, Op. 6: Introit in F major, Op. 6

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