Reviews & Articles

Have a read through some previous articles written by our members about Finzi and his life’s work, or browse through book and CD reviews. 


The Newbury String Players, 1940 – 1956

(An edited version of a talk given at the 2018 AGM of The Finzi Friends in Ashmansworth Church) I was at Leighton Park School in Reading, where, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Head of Music wasJohn Russell, a very great friend of the Finzis. I was originally a...

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Baedekers and Benedictions: Finding Gurney

This article is based upon a talk given at a joint meeting of Finzi Friends and the Ivor Gurney Society, at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Chosen Hill, Churchdown, on 3rd June 2017. Who is Ivor Gurney? — as an artist? Have we understood him? Indeed, how do we find and...

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Texture and Timbre in Dies Natalis

Consideration of texture and timbre in what is one of Gerald Finzi’s most distinctive works, and arguably one of his most popular, cannot fail to take into account previous or contemporary works in a similar genre. One of the most immediately apparent as a similar...

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Finzi Gloria and Nunc dimittis

The commission from the Finzi Trust to write a Gloria[i] and Nunc dimittis[ii] to accompany Finzi’s beautiful Magnificat[iii]for The Three Choirs Festival 2016 began with a telephone call from Robert Gower. I was hugely excited, honoured, and in all honesty, rather...

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Finzi’s Rising Star: Early Recordings

The Record Guide used to be the record collector's bible in the 1950s as the judgements of its editors, Edward Sackville-West and Desmond Shawe-Taylor, came from the minds of two exceptionally intelligent musical writers.  Originally published in 1951, the aim of the...

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A Walk with Ivor Gurney

Dame Sarah Connolly; Simon Callow; Tenebrae; Aurora Orchestra; Nigel Short Signum Classics SIGCD557 I admit to approaching this double CD with mixed feelings. I heard Sarah Connolly’s compelling performance of By a Bierside on Radio 3 and was hooked. When I unwrapped...

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Celebrating English Song

Songs by Butterworth, Ireland, Venables, Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Quilter, Warlock, Moeran, Britten and Finzi. Roderick Williams, baritone; Susie Allan, piano. SOMMCD 0177 The final concert in the Tardebigge series which gives its name to this disc was, fittingly,...

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Finzi, Bax and Ireland Choral Music

Hyperion CDA68167 The Choir of Westminster Abbey; Daniel Cook, organ; James O’Donnell, conductor Finzi: My lovely one; God is gone up; Welcome sweet and sacred feast; Let us now praise famous men; Lo, the full, final sacrifice; Magnificat. Bax: I sing of a maiden that...

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Book Review: Housman Country

Some may be surprised to find a review of Peter Parker’s Housman Country on this site. Finzi devotees will correctly assert that there are no extant settings of Housman by Finzi. I am grateful to Jim Page for passing on the results of Stephen Banfield’s work here,...

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