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Finzi: Cello Concerto, Eclogue, New Year Music and Grand Fantasia & Toccata

Paul Watkins, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis, Louis Lortie

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Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 40  
1
I. Allegro moderato
Gerald Finzi; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
16:10
2
II. Andante quieto
Gerald Finzi; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
12:10
3
III. Rondo. Adagio - Allegro giocoso
Gerald Finzi; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
9:00
4
Eclogue, Op. 10
Gerald Finzi; Louis Lortie; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
9:14
5
Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 7 "New Year Music"
Gerald Finzi; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
10:03
6
Grand Fantasia & Toccata, Op. 38
Gerald Finzi; Louis Lortie; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
13:28
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:05
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, expert in British repertoire and conducting this year’s Last Night of the Proms.

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.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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