Gerald Finzi - Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra Op. 31 • Concerto for Cello and Orchestra Op.40

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

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 2007 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.236
UPC/EAN: 5020926023629
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 70.28
Price: £ 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

Tracks 1 - 3: Recorded at Walthamstow, 28 August 1975
Tracks 4 - 6: Recorded at Watford, 4 July 1977, Producer: James Walker, Engineer: Stanley Goodall

"Though the LP has long held pride of place on one's shelves how good it is to welcome the CD remastering of Yo-Yo Ma’s Cello Concerto coupled with John Denman’s lissom performance of the Clarinet Concerto. Back in the old days the Cello Concerto stood proudly alone, all forty-one minutes of it ... There have been a number of recommendable performances of this Concerto but in its swiftness and ease this performance still earns the highest accolades ..." Jonathan Woolf, Click here to read the full review

"Lyrita are making the choice of Recordings of the Year very difficult. If they keep up their present pace we will have had 72 CDs issued by January 2008. They have set themselves a cracking pace. Let’s hope they have the stamina to continue. Meantime celebrate and add this to your collection in pride of place ..." Rob Barnett, Click here to read the full review

"Lyrita’s analogue recording is, as one might expect, to a very high standard on this release. Potential purchasers need have no qualms about having to compromise with the analogue taping, there being a distinct lack of tape hiss but bags of detail, spacious stereo and oodles of bass wallop. These recordings are to be welcomed most warmly, and should be part of the beating heart of any collection seeking to contain some of the best of British music ..." Dominy Clements, Click here to read the full review

Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra Op. 31 (1949) Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956) 29.19
1 1st movement: Allegro vigoroso 8.51
2 2nd movement: Adagio ma senza rigore 11.52
3 3rd movement: Allegro giocoso 8.36
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra Op.40 (1955) Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956) 41.06
4 1st movement: Allegro moderato 16.52
5 2nd movement: Andante quieto 14.38
6 3rd movement: Adagio – Allegro giocoso 9.36