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Beecham Conducts Delius

Frederick Delius , Sir Thomas Beecham , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , Beecham Choral Society , Maureen Forrester , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Maureen Forrester, John Cameron
  • Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beecham Choral Society
  • Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
  • Composer: Frederick Delius
  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000026CY1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From his days as a young conductor, using family money to buy himself orchestras, to his respected old age in the early stereo era, Thomas Beecham gave the music of Delius the sort of support that most composers dream of, giving the works many of their premieres and, after Delius's death, keeping his music in the public eye. This complete survey of his stereo recordings of Delius concentrates, for the most part, on the popular showpieces--but there was always going to be something special about delicious tone poems for small orchestra like On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring and Summer Night on the River when played by a conductor who had loved them deeply for 50 years. As well as Delius lollipops like Sleigh Ride, Beecham gives us the more radical side of the folk-song loving British impressionist--Brigg Fair and the Dance Rhapsody No. 2--and a fine version of the death-loving Dowson settings, Songs of Sunset, with the sometimes neglected contralto Maureen Forrester. --Roz Kaveney

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best! 23 July 2000
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This is surely the greatest Delius collection ever issued. I personally have bought records and reissues of these recordings since 1961. This is a fine transfer of magical performances.
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