Finzi: Intimations of Immortality & Dies natalis

This album brings together two of Finzi’s most characteristic works. Dies natalis, a setting of prose and verse by the seventeenth-century metaphysical poet Thomas Traherne, is a piece of sublime concord and timelessness, music which vividly suggests the vision of a child’s innocence and unsullied perception of the world which lies at the heart of Traherne’s philosophy. Intimations of Immortality is by contrast a lament for the lost joys of Traherne’s idealized childhood. Finzi uses Wordsworth’s famous ode to convey his view that ‘a dead poet lives in many a live stockbroker’ and the result is a work of arresting beauty.

CDH55432  66 minutes 47 seconds
‘Rich, glowing performances in a class apart’ (BBC Music Magazine)
‘There have been several excellent previous recordings of Dies natalis but John Mark Ainsley's rendition is as fine as the best of them. This recent release is indispensable to the Finzi aficio ...
‘I shall treasure this recording’ (Organists' Review)