As so often with Finzi, the Five Bagatelles were written over a considerable number of years. They were completed during World War II, in free moments. Although Finzi did not compose much chamber music, his innately contrapuntal style, informed by enduring fascination for the music of Bach, lends itself well to.

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Certainly this tender, lilting music seems worlds away from the lively Venetian folk dance which is the origin of the word.

Given the high-quality performances on this CD, I hope the Cologne soloists will go on to do other British repertoire with the same aplomb as is shown here. Subscribe to our email newsletters.

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Full of Bachian conceits, it explores the full range of the clarinet in a devil-may-care exuberance. Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database.


Gerald Raphael Finzi Composer. This is especially true of the two original chamber works from the s, the rarely heard Interlude for oboe and string quartet, and Prelude and Fugue for string trio dedicated to that luminary of counterpoint and pedagogy, RO Morris. Nevertheless, in the spring and summer of he grabbed the moment for a burst of composition before he was drafted to work in the Ministry of War Transport that July.

Composition Artist Credits 5 Bagatelles.

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Finzi was attracted to the deep-hued sound of the clarinet and demonstrated in the Bagatelles a highly effective exploitation of the instrument, its range and colour. This distinctive suite of short movements is now a cornerstone of the clarinet repertoire for players of all ages.

Five Bagatelles

Interlude View record and artist details Record and Artist Details. Although ginzi believed Britain had no alternative but to fight the Nazi menace, he felt intensely frustrated at the prospect of looming war service which would interrupt his composing, just at this moment of new confidence. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music.


A present for Anne Macnaghten and her New Music Group who performed it for the first time in Mayand a suggestion initiated by Vaughan Williams, it features nine variations by different British composers. Together with a fourth, completed in Januaryffinzi were given their first performance on 15 January by Pauline Juler accompanied by Howard Ferguson at one of the renowned National Gallery daily lunchtime concerts that did so much to hearten war-weary Londoners.

The Fughetta Allegro vivace undoubtedly provided the lively finale that Boosey wanted.

It lay dormant for over a decade until Finzi took the melody up again for this bagatelle. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before.

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