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FINNISSY:  FOLKLORE
MICHAEL FINNISSY (Piano)

One of Britain's most accomplished, celebrated and prolific composers, Michael Finnissy here plays a programme of works based on folk music from several countries.

For more music by Michael Finnissy on Metier and Divine Art visit the composer index.

CD DURATION:  63:46

AUDIO SAMPLE: Vieux Nöel




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tracks:
Folklore II
Three dukes went a-riding
My love is like a red red rose
How dear to me
Willow willow
Vieux Noël,  op. 59 no. 2
Australian Sea Shanty, set 2, no. 1
Australian Sea Shanty, set 2, no. 2
Polskie Tance, op. 32:
   no. 1 Kujawiak - Kozak
   no. 2 Kozak - Drobny
   no. 3 Kujawiak
   no. 4 Zbójnicki
Terekkeme
Lylyly li
Svatovac

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“This is a sublime and vigorously enthralling disc of folk-inspired works from one of the most important living composers… the beauty of the playing and the music are never in doubt.” - Christopher Dingle (BBC Music Magazine)
“Often euphonious music - an ideal introduction to one of Britain's most important avant-gardists.” - Andy Hamilton (Classic CD)
“ a programme of subtle and absorbing sounds. Michael Finnissy's piano style…[transforms] folkish melodies into evocative vistas of colour.” - David Breckbill (BBC Music Magazine)
“[Folklore II] is elusive music, and the other folk-based pieces are useful primers for the greater sophistication and subtlety of the larger works.” - Andrew Clements (The Guardian)
“This is the first of several Finnissy discs planned by Metier and a fair taster of his sound-world and aesthetic outlook.” – Paul Driver (The Sunday Times)

“The geographical range of folk music drawn on in this collection of works is considerable, spanning Romania, China, Poland, Azerbaijan, Afro-America, Australia, Macedonia and Britain. A great deal of human history and culture is thereby encompassed in these pieces. The source materials aren't merely served up as quotations, but make themselves manifest in the music. Truly engrossing.” – Simon Cummings (5against4)