Started by tjguitar, May 14, 2007, 05:44:52 PM
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Quote from: knight on May 15, 2007, 10:00:28 AMI used to enjoy The Mass of Life until I sang in it. Close up and getting into the guts of it, apart from the opening chorus, I became increasingly disenchanted with it, the structure is poor and basically, panthistic rubbish, unredeemed by the music. I enjoy quite a bit of his work, but not this turkey.
Quote from: SonicMan on May 15, 2007, 04:22:41 PMHello, Mike - I was encouraged by Sarge's comments, and can understand you as a singer not enjoying a work, esp. one that is done repeatedly (e.g. my wife is a soprano who has sung in many concerts, and when Carmina Burana, as an example, is to be performed, she - and others - get nauseated! Now, I love that work, I guess as a non-singer); so, my question, are you re-acting in this manner as a professional singer, or will us non-singing 'peons' still enjoyed this Delius performance? Thanks - Dave
Quote from: karlhenning on May 16, 2007, 08:04:00 AMGosh, someone else has already written A Mass of Life Requiem, eh?
Quote from: johnshade on May 17, 2007, 06:43:33 AMI am a native of north Florida and have several recordings of Delius. This is my favorite Delius especially the Florida Suite. It is truly a great CD...Delius based his Florida Suite, composed in 1887, on native American music and African-American spirituals. Dvorak's Symphony #9, From the New World, was composed after the Florida Suite in 1893. I believe that the Florida Suite is equally as delightful as Dvorak's symphony. The Florida Suite is influenced by the native music Delius heard while living on an orange grove near Jacksonville, Florida.
Quote from: Harry Collier on May 21, 2007, 03:20:30 AMI grew up with the Beecham recordings of Sea Drift and Paris, and still have a very soft spot for both works. I find I have to be in a particular mood to enjoy Delius ... but when the mood cometh, I enjoy!
QuoteFREDERICK DELIUS (1862-1934)The Essential Delius Florida Suite North Country Sketches Air and DanceOn Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring Summer Night on the River A Song before Sunrise Two Aquarelles Intermezzo and Serenade from 'Hassan'Prelude from 'Irmelin' Late Swallows Intermezzo from 'Fennimore and Gerda' The Walk to the Paradise Garden In a Summer Garden Ulster Orchestra / London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vernon HandleyBournemouth Sinfonietta / Norman Del MarBournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Richard Hickox A comprehensive and richly varied Delius programme has been put together for this new two-CD collection. Vernon Handley's splendid Ulster performance of the comparatively rarely heard Florida Suite is complemented with, among others, North Country Sketches, a work which reveals a Debussyan influence. Richard Hickox is a sensitive and flexible Delian and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra plays passionately for him, especially in The Walk to the Paradise Garden. The collection demonstrates the glittering qualities of Delius's enchanting music which evokes an atmosphere of serene pleasure in nature. These are conductors and orchestras performing at the top of their form, and the anthology will serve collectors as the perfect introduction to this marvellous composer. Quotes at original release: Well-filled 2-CD set, an embarrassment of riches. It is well-played, splendidly recorded, delicately shaded, and rich in expression...American Record Guide The sultry, sensuous beauty and vibrant colour is wonderfully evoked... a strong contender for my CD of the year.BBC Music Magazine ...the Chandos recording allows Delius's palette of colours to shine through.BBC Music Magazine Chandos 241 CHAN241-37
Quote from: Mark on July 25, 2007, 03:22:07 AMI don't know what it is about Delius, but his music doesn't appeal to me very much. And I say this as a lover of British classical music. His works 'meander' far too much; first a rise, then a fall, then another rise. In places, Elgar can do the same - but Elgar is redeemed a little for having what I think are the better tunes. With Delius, you reach a point where you're sure you know what's likely to come next, how something might develop, then it all just descends into more of the same.
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