Gerald Finzi http://wrti.org en 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Finzi, Eclogue http://wrti.org/post/60th-anniversary-classical-cd-highlight-finzi-eclogue <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Gerald&nbsp;</span>Finzi's<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Eclogue</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> for Piano and Strings, performed by&nbsp;Peter&nbsp;</span>Donohoe<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, piano, and the&nbsp;Northern&nbsp;</span>Sinfonia<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> conducted by Howard Griffiths, is featured on CD 2 in the </span>WRTI<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>60th<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">When the boy was seven, his father died. Three brothers died. His first composition teacher was killed in WWI. He devoured poetry, wrote music, moved to the country, walked for hours in solitude. He cultivated apple trees and cataloged and published a sick friend’s music. At 50 he learned he had Hodgkin’s disease; he wouldn’t live out the decade.<br><br>From this seemingly melancholy life Gerald Finzi sculpted music of soft, shimmering beauty. He never finished a piano concerto, but after his death one movement of it was published as <em>Eclogue</em>. The dictionary calls “eclogue” pastoral poetry. This is the essence of Gerald Finzi.&nbsp;</p><div> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 23:08:33 +0000 Kile Smith 6435 at http://wrti.org 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Finzi, Eclogue