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Finzi's In Terra Pax

'In Terra Pax' was one of Finzi's very last compositions before leukaemia claimed him at the age of 55. Stephen Johnson unpacks the origins of this Christmas favourite and explores how, despite the many tragic events that shaped Finzi's world, he left behind a work filled with hope and beauty.

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Music Played

  • Herbert Howells

    Quartet in A minor Op.21 for piano and strings

    Performer: Richards Piano Quartet

    • Lyrita.
    • SRCD 292.
  • Gerald Finzi

    In terra pax Op.39 vers. for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: David HILL Performer: BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - Main Artist Performer: Donald SWEENEY - Baritone Performer: Winchester Cathedral Choir

    • DECCA.
    • 468-807-2.
  • Richard Wagner

    Parsifal - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Christian THIELEMANN Performer: Vienna State Orchestra

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • DG 477-6006.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor

    Conductor: Yuri SIMONOV Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Bruton Music.
    • BCC6.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony no. 5 in D major

    Conductor: Vernon HANDLEY Performer: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    • EMI.
    • CD-EMX 9512.

Credit

Role Contributor
Composer Gerald Finzi

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