Gramophone Magazine Awards Issue 2019 Editor's Choice
An inspired coupling of two contrasting yet complementary sets of ‘swansongs’. Despite the three decades separating Brahms’s and Schubert’s ages at the time of writing, both are among their composers’ very final works, poignant reflections on the transience of life.
Finley is never an artist, one feels, to let himself be rushed…and his new recording of Schwanengesang is well worth the wait…The Vier ernste Lieder are possibly even better: noble, refined, heartfelt, supremely moving and often beautiful in the extreme…totally sincerity backed up by superb vocalism, matched at every turn by Drake. Gramophone
A deeply satisfying disc. MusicWeb