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Track(s) taken from CDA66192

Elegy

composer

Levon Chilingirian (violin), Clifford Benson (piano)
Recording details: June 1985
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1990
Total duration: 8 minutes 20 seconds
 
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Elegy  [8'20]

Reviews

'An enterprising record of music we ought to know better. Performances and recordings are first class' (Gramophone)

'Excellent, utterly committed playing' (CDReview)
Finzi's sole work for violin and piano, the Elegy was first performed by Frederick Grinke in 1954, but only published — under Ferguson's editorship — in 1982. The Elegy was composed over a number of years, reaching completion in 1940 when it was laid aside with a view to other movements being added to form a violin sonata. The project never materialized, however, and Finzi decided that the piece could stand by itself under its present title. In its serene melody, and untroubled harmony, it bears kinship with those other slow movements of Finzi, for instance the second and last movements respectively of the Cello Concerto and Dies Natalis in the rare expression of spiritual radiance created here.

from notes by Andrew Burn 1986

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