Shostakovich: Six Romances, Etc / Finley
Catalog: ODE 1235-2
Gerald Finley (baritone) Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Sanderling
Shostakovich: Six Romances on Verses by Raleigh, Burns and Shakespeare, Op. 62/140, Scottish Ballade, Suite on verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti, for bass & orchestra, Op. 145a
Canadian baritone Gerald Finley is one of the leading singers and dramatic interpreters of his generation. This is his debut recording with Ondine, already having many award-winning performances on CD and DVD. In recital, Finley regularly works with Julius Drake and has performed cycles by Barber, Britten, Ives, Ravel and Schumann. Thomas Sanderling enjoys a close relationship with the Shostakovich family and still works in close collaboration with Irina Shostakovich. It was Irina who provided the manuscript for the orchestral version of the Romances on Verses by British Poets, and expressly wished Sanderling to make the first ever recording of this version.