Michael Finnissy: Vocal works 1974-2015

£13.00

Release Date: 2018
Label: Winter & Winter

EXAUDI’s second Finnissy disc shows the composer’s vocal writing at its most blazingly extreme: displays of virtuosity that push mind and body to the limits of their flexibility, reach, stamina and control.

Description

EXAUDI’s second Finnissy disc shows the composer’s vocal writing at its most blazingly extreme: displays of virtuosity that push mind and body to the limits of their flexibility, reach, stamina and control. There are four pieces on the disc: Gesualdo: Libro Sesto (2012-13), Cipriano (1974), Tom Fool’s Wooing (1975-8/2015) and Kelir (1981), each of them a tour-de-force of virtuoso singing and overwhelming expressive intensity.

Michael Finnissy
Cipriano
Tom Fool’s Wooing
Kelir
Gesualdo: Libro Sesto

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Reviews

“EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble handles the performances with impeccable precision and expressive clout. James Weeks directs the ensemble and the results are all we might hope for. Such music requires extraordinary ear-control and intonative precision. The ensemble is remarkably capable. To hear them sing these works is to hear something very difficult to get right and they do so with strength and agility.” Classical-Modern Music Review

“This is one of those recordings where composer and performers seem uniquely matched. One sense a degree of commitment that is rare even from an ensemble that isn’t known for pulling its punches… The cycle also shows that Exaudi’s virtuosity doesn’t just hit you between the eyes; it runs deep….Exaudi’s wonderful sopranos are showcased throughout the recital, but at the very end it’s the bassi profundi who have the last word. Superb.” Gramophone Magazine

“The virtuosic intensity of Finnissy’s writing is on display throughout, and each work demands utter conviction from its performers as well as rock-solid technique. Weeks’s EXAUDI have complete command of both, and deliver utterly compelling readings of this music. Warmly recommended.” Choir & Organ *****

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