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Release Date: Saturday 10 May 2008
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"James Gilchrist's singing is guided by a refined (yet passionate) sensibility, just right for Finzi, and his voice has substantial reserves of resonance and power."
Quintessentially Finzi, the tender yet radiant Dies natalis, a setting of texts by the 17thcentury poet Thomas Traherne, depicts both the first sensations of a child as it enters the world, and life's tarnishing experience of the innocence of childhood. In Farewell to Arms, a further example of Finzi's enthusiasm for 17th-century poets, the steady but inevitable tramp of time, symbolized by the measured bass and the tenor's sad, arching melody, becomes a poignant symbol for the brevity of life as expressed in lines such as 'O time too swift, O swiftness never ceasing'. Finzi knew all too well that 'Beauty, strength, youth are flowers but fading seen'.
Dies natalis, Op. 8
Prelude in F minor, Op. 25
The Fall of the Leaf, Op. 20
2 Sonnets, Op. 12
New Year Music, Op. 7
Farewell to Arms, Op. 9