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listen  1. Clarinet Concerto in C minor, Op. 31: I. Allegro vigorosoRobert Plane 7:53$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Clarinet Concerto in C minor, Op. 31: II. Adagio, ma senza rigoreRobert Plane11:41Album Only
listen  3. Clarinet Concerto in C minor, Op. 31: III. Rondo: Allegro giocosoRobert Plane 8:29Album Only
listen  4. 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. L. Ashmore): I. Prelude: Allegro decisoRobert Plane 3:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. L. Ashmore): II. Romance: Andante tranquilloRobert Plane 4:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. L. Ashmore): III. Carol: Andante sempliceRobert Plane 1:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. L. Ashmore): IV. Forlana: Allegretto graziosoRobert Plane 2:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23 (arr. L. Ashmore): V. Fughetta: Allegro vivaceRobert Plane 2:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 28a: I. The King's PoemRobert Plane 1:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 28a: II. Longaville's SonnetRobert Plane 1:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Love's Labour's Lost, Op. 28a: III. Dumaine's PoemRobert Plane 1:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. A Severn Rhapsody, Op. 3Robert Plane 6:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Romance in E flat major, Op. 11Northern Sinfonia 8:16Album Only
listen14. Introit in F major, Op. 6Lesley Hatfield 8:22Album Only

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Finzi: Clarinet Concerto + Finzi: Concerto for cello & orchestra, Op. 40 / Eclogue for piano & strings, Op. 10 / Grand Fantasia and Toccata, Op. 38 + Finzi: A Centenary Collection
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  • Performer: Robert Plane
  • Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Composer: Gerald Finzi
  • Audio CD (January 19, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000HZXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sound quality from Naxos is another plus.
Eric S. Kim
Also Howard Griffiths does a splendid job leading the Northern Sinfonia as they provide a perfect backing for Plane on the Bagatelles and Concerto.
John O'Neill
One of the most glorious values among the many in Naxos' ever-surprising library of bargains.
Ed Brickell

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ed Brickell on October 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite CDs. The star of the show is the wonderful clarinet concerto, expressively played by Robert Plane, but all of the other pieces bear (demand!) repeated listening. The Romance in E flat major for string orchestra is some of the loveliest eight minutes of music you could ever hope to hear.
The concerto, romance, and all of the other pieces on this CD make a great introduction to one of the lesser-known 20th century British composers. Those looking for challenging, abrasive 20th century music best look elsewhere. But even though you probably won't be challenged by Finzi, you will be entertained and moved by him -- and want to return to him again and again. His gift for melody is on full display throughout, and none of the pieces overstays its welcome.
Warm and very human music, superbly played and excellently recorded, with just enough of a sun-dappled halo around the sound to convey the right atmosphere. One of the most glorious values among the many in Naxos' ever-surprising library of bargains.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John O'Neill VINE VOICE on February 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first became familiar with the Clarinet Concerto and five Bagatelles of Finzi through the 1991 RCA recording featuring Richard Stoltzman backed by the Guildhall String Ensemble. That was a marvelous recording but when you got to the compositions of Lawrence Ashmore, that filled the disk, it seemed to go down hill. Enjoyable works but just not of the same quality.
Once again Naxos delves into the British catalog and delivers a disc of masterful recordings. Personally I think Robert Plane's clarinet matches, if not surpasses, that of Stoltzman. The tone is rich and smooth throughout where Stolztman can get a bit harsh at times. Also Howard Griffiths does a splendid job leading the Northern Sinfonia as they provide a perfect backing for Plane on the Bagatelles and Concerto. Nicely balanced with the soloist.
For the last half hour of the disc the Northern Sinfonia takes over and we are presented with some more wonderful works by Finzi, which to me are simply superior to the Ashmore works that fill the RCA disc. I guess I really can't be too hard on Ashmore as he is the composer who wrote the wonderful arrangements of the Bagatelles performed on both disks: Finzi's original works were for clarinet and piano duo.
I also have to mention The Romance for string orchestra which alone is worth the price of the disc - a prime example of British "pastoral" music. Also the Introit for violin and small orchestra was another wonderful discovery for me and soloist Lesley Hatfield provides a heart felt performance.
Definitely one of those nice surprises from Naxos that not only matches the best the major labels have to offer but may in fact be the definitive recording. Naxos continues to produce one fine recording of British works after another. Keep it up.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A.K.Farrar on February 4, 2001
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Thank goodness for Naxos!
For the price of a concert ticket you can risk buying a disc like this knowing if it isn't any good, you've not really lost more than an evening's listening.
And, if it is as good as this you've got a gem of a CD introducing you to a composer who you might otherwise never hear.
I won't make massive claims for Finzi: He is a Jane Austen of a composer - provincial, light, witty and entertaining. He isn't a Beethoven or a Brahms.
Having said that, there are moments of darkness, moments of depth, especially in the Clarinet Concerto (surely this recording should mean more live performances?), but the lasting impression is more of joy and, 'Englishness'.
Elgar lies behind this music, as does Vaughn Williams, Holst and Parry - and a whole host of English music teachers (all honourable!). Finzi isn't making (...) copies, he has a voice of his own, a voice with a very strong sense of place and time.
The performances are fine - Robert Plane's clarinet sings lyrically and the Northern Sinfonia under Howard Griffiths support well giving a breath of fresh air to this neglected repertoire.
(By the way - I like Jane Austen)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Lash on February 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a marvelous introduction to Gerald Finzi, an underrated English composer whose conservatism left his music out of fashion in mid-century, but who is at last gaining deserved attention today. By all means listen to this and to the English String Orchestra disc on Nimbus, which offers another excellent Finzi collection. Those with vocal interests will love the exquisite song cycles on Hyperion (Varcoe & Hill w/Benson) and choral works on Chandos (Finzi Singers).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John van Maris on January 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a collector of clarinet concerto's, this is my favourite concerto. This Naxos cd is extreme value for money ! We hand them out as business gifts and everybody likes the cd very much,
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Cammeraat on September 14, 2006
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This CD is a very valuable item for everyone who enjoys the orchestral works of Gerald Finzi! It is an excelent comprehension of his work! The warm method of playing the clarinet by Robert Plane and the superb support of the Northern Sinfonia conducted by Howard Griffiths makes it very pleasant to hear this CD over and over again. I used this CD several times in a classical radio program that I make myself (and I will use it in the future) and 'field reactions' to this music are most positive! Owners-to-be will certainly NOT be disappointed! Next to the very well known Clarinet Concerto this CD contains the less well known Five Bagatelles, each of which have there own sound, beauty and sphere! Love's Labour's Lost, inspired by Shakespeare's early comedy are very beautiful musical 'stills'. The Introit in F is a very well performed piece for solo violin and small orchestra and sounds like violins should sound: warm and melancholic.

This CD is (at my point of view) very recommendable!
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