Clarinet Concerto in C minor Op.31
Gerald Finzi

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The first of 2 entries for Finzi in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This first appeared in the Hall of Fame in 2001 at number 246, and then shot up to number 68 the following year before returning to 246 in 2003.

A work of infectious lyricism from quintessentially British composer Finzi. Building on his charming bagatelles for clarinet, Finzi composed his Clarinet Concerto after the war, and it now stands among his best remembered works. It was premiered at the Three Choirs Festival in 1949, taking place that year in Hereford. Sadly, within just a couple of years, Finzi was struck by Hodgkin's Diesease, and he died in 1956, aged 55.