Orchestra of the Swan’s recording of Finzi and Copland Clarinet Concertos, the Finzi Romance for Strings and the 13 Instrument version of Appalachian Spring on Somm Records is Classic FM’s CD of the Week.
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Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week
17 May 2010 by Norman Lebrecht
Copland, Finzsi: Clarinet concertos (Somm) ****
Odd that this pair does not get coupled more often. Both composers were jews in self-denial who sought identity in rustic folklore.n But roots will out. The opening of Copland’s concerto is reminiscent of Mahler, while Finzi’s has a touch of the Bloch. Soloist Sarah Williamson plays with poise and verve; David Curtis conducts the supple Orchestra of the Swan. Appalachian Spring and a Finzi Romance are the fillers in this unassumingly glorious summer pudding