Finnissy - Vocal Works 1974-2015 | Winter & Winter 9102462

Finnissy - Vocal Works 1974-2015


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Label: Winter & Winter

Cat No: 9102462

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st March 2019



EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble


James Weeks


Finnissy, Michael

Gesualdo: Libro Sesto
Tom Fool's Wooing


EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble


James Weeks


James Weeks and his vocal ensemble EXAUDI release a disc of music by leading British composer Michael Finnissy.

Recorded in 2015-16, the four works on the disc span forty years of Finnissy's career: the most recent, Gesualdo: Libro Sesto (2012-13), was written for EXAUDI, who also gave the belated premiere in 2016 of Tom Fool's Wooing (1975-8/2015) as well as reviving Cipriano (1974) and Kelir (1981) after decades of neglect. Each work is a technical and expressive tour-de-force that 'pushes mind and body to the limits of their flexibility, reach, stamina and control'.


This is one of those recordings where composer and performers seem uniquely matched. One senses a degree of commitment that is rare even from an ensemble that isnít known for pulling its punches. ... Exaudiís wonderful sopranos are showcased throughout the recital, but at the very end itís the bassi profundi who have the last word. Superb.  Fabrice Fitch
Gramophone January 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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