Raphael Wallfisch (cello)
Tasmin Little (violin)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
City of London Sinfonia
Finzi’s Cello Concerto is arguably his greatest work, not just ambitious but deeply moving, written under the stress of knowing he was terminally ill. It is here wonderfully performed by Raphael Wallfisch under the baton of Vernon Handley. Raphael Wallfisch has recorded regularly for Chandos, and the performance highlights the marvellous technique and understated sinuous tone, he possesses.
This disc also features the outstanding Tasmin Little in her interpretation of the Violin Concerto, conducted by Richard Hickox which received its premiere recording on its initial release. The two concertos are coupled with two expressive works, Prelude for Strings, and the Romance – one of his most ravishing pieces of all, with string writing that echoes both Elgar and Vaughan Williams in its emotional surges.
This recording presents a comprehensive programme of Finzi works performed by an outstanding line-up of artists famous for their interpretations of English music and makes a welcome addition to the Classics.
"Tasmin Little gives it her lyrical all – and is ravishing."
American Record Guide
"Keenly felt, emotional reading…performance is passionate…"
BBC Music Magazine.
A richly romantic reading
The Penguin Guide