Finzi: Cello Concerto � Leighton: Suite

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Label: CHANDOS
Catalog: CHAN8471
Format: CD

The works of Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) and Kenneth Leighton (b. 1925) are generally not known outside Great Britain. They should be. They're both in a late-romantic vein, but both are darker than most other British composers. Finzi's Cello Concerto (1955) is completely non-traditional, starting with a strange turbulent mood, shifting back and forth to a peculiar pizzacato-introduced last movement. Kenneth Leighton's Suite "Veris Gratia" is a 1950 tone poem that trades off harmonies between the oboe, the cello, and the rest of the orchestra. The usual Chandos warmth is here along with their industry- standard sonics. Fans of British music will find much here to like. --Paul Cook

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