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Finzi: Cello Concerto, Op. 40 & Clarinet Concerto, Op. 31

Yo-Yo Ma, John Denman, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Vernon Handley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Clarinet Concerto in C Minor, Op. 31  
1
I. Allegro vigoroso
Gerald Finzi; John Denman; New Philharmonia Orchestra; Vernon Handley
8:51
2
II. Adagio, ma senza rigore
Gerald Finzi; John Denman; New Philharmonia Orchestra; Vernon Handley
11:52
3
III. Rondo. Allegro giocoso
Gerald Finzi; John Denman; New Philharmonia Orchestra; Vernon Handley
8:36
Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 40  
4
I. Allegro moderato
Gerald Finzi; Yo-Yo Ma; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Vernon Handley
16:52
5
II. Andante quieto
Gerald Finzi; Yo-Yo Ma; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Vernon Handley
14:38
6
III. Rondo. Adagio - Allegro giocoso
Gerald Finzi; Yo-Yo Ma; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Vernon Handley
9:36
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:25
"The Cello Concerto was Yo-Yo Ma's first recording and alerted many to the sheer bigness of Finzi's inspiration. The pastoral-pensive writing is beautifully conveyed here - I'm not sure I've ever heard it done better...this performance still earns the highest accolades."
- Musicweb-international.com

"The glorious Clarinet Concerto with its heart-stopping slow movement...is here given a definitive performance."
- The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music

"The Cello Concerto was in many ways the composer's swansong… The beautifully slow movement is deeply searching and draws on an Elgarian quality, a poignant nobility. Yo-Yo Ma's wistfully introspective approach - this was his debut recording - captures its gentle intensity and Vernon Handley proves an inspired partner, particularly in the central movement with its exquisite opening and close. There are many recordings of the gorgeous Clarinet Concerto... but John Denman's account is as seductive as any; again Handley is a superbly understanding partner."
- Gramophone

"[Ma's] is not a big performance but a greatly inspired one, and many will like his lightness of touch in the finale...John Denman's performance is entirely seductive. And in both works Vernon Handley's sensitive accompaniment brings first-rate playing."
- The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music
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