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Toby Spence and the Scottish Ensemble, Taken from a concert at Wigmore Hall
on 13 October 2007.

The British tenor Toby Spence joins the Scottish Ensemble in this live
recording featuring works by two great 20th cenutry British composers -
Gerald Finzi and William Walton.

Spence sings Finzi's five movement 'Dies Natalis' - a work which
took Finzi nearly 15 years to complete, finally receiving its first performance
at Wigmore Hall in 1940.

Toby Spence is one of the leading tenors of his generation. His close
association with the Scottish Ensemble goes back to 2001 when he performed
Britten's St Nicolas cantata with the Ensemble. He has collaborated with the
Ensemble on several projects since, both in London and Scotland.

The Scottish Ensemble are regular guests at Wigmore Hall. They are a unique
12-piece string ensemble which performs standing in a semi-circle without a
conductor, led from the violin by Artistic Director Jonathan Morton.

Toby Spence tenor

Scottish Ensemble

“Toby Spence's singing in Dies Natalis is… rather special. On the one
hand his musical phrasing is beautiful: the lines hover and soar just as they
should. Yet at the same time he brings freshness and fluidity to the
recitative-like passages, combined with strong feeling for the expressive weight
of each word, which gives these moments the urgency of impassioned
speech.” BBC Music Magazine

“Tenor Toby Spence is the featured artist in this recital but the
biggest work, taking up the second half of the programme, is Walton's Sonata
for Strings, a

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