- Composer: Finzi
- Audio CD (Nov. 1 2001)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ncl
- ASIN: B00005QCYM
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Concerto for cello & orchestra, Op. 40: Allegro moderato|
|2. Concerto for cello & orchestra, Op. 40: Andante quieto|
|3. Concerto for cello & orchestra, Op. 40: Rondo: Adagio-Allegro giocoso|
|4. Eclogue for piano & strings, Op. 10: Andante semplice|
|5. Grand Fantasia & Toccata, Op. 38: Molto grave-Allegro vigoroso|
The major work on this disc is the Cello concerto. Written late in the composer's career, right after his diagnosis with cancer, the work is dramatic, unsettled and ultimately extremely beautiful. Finzi's musical language is backward looking...resembling nothing so much as the Elgar concerto, and every bit as worthy of becoming a repertory staple as that piece. The first movement is dramatic and tense, with marvelous virtuoso cello writing, especially in the cadenza. The second movement is a wonder...Finzi had a knack for heartbreakingly lyrical slow movements and this one is no exception. The work concludes with a triumphant finale in a polonaise rhythm. This is a tremendous work and now that the post-war stylistic fights are over, perhaps the work can get it's due as one of the strongest concertos for the cello of the 20th century.
The second work on the disc is the Eclogue for Piano and Strings. Originally planned as the slow movement of a never finished piano concerto, this is my favorite work by the composer. It is reminiscent both of the slow movements to Bach's Keyboard concerti and to the Ravel Piano Concerto in G.Read more ›
I like the Elgar Cello Concerto, but feel this is a more powerful and cogent work. It expresses depth of feeling in a powerful way outshining the Elgar Concerto. Also, the musical argument is much better controlled than Elgar in my opinion.
I've only begun to examine Finzi's music, but have discovered many treasures. Finzi is known for pastoral music, but this Cello Concerto is far from pastoral. In fact, the only pastoral piece on the CD is the Ecologue which is beautiful.
This CD is well worth the price as you essentially get the Cello Concerto and an unfinished Piano Concerto for half the price of a regular CD. What a bargain!