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Delius Box: 150th Anniversary [Box set]

Various Artists , Frederick Delius Audio CD
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  • Composer: Frederick Delius
  • Audio CD (7 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 18
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Music
  • ASIN: B005RXKKQO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Frederick Delius’s birth EMI has put together a new collection of the finest recordings of his music with new remasters and exclusive interview and online content. This set brings together performances not only by Beecham and Fenby but also other conductors who revel in his remarkably evocative music. Besides the orchestral music, there are three of his operas and examples of his chamber and solo works as well as his songs. EMI has been at the forefront of recording his music, firstly through the Delius edition, founded by Beecham, and then with assistance of the Delius Society. The earliest recordings date from 1929 with Dora Labbette accompanied by Beecham on the piano in some songs, the latest is the Légende with Tasmin Little and John Lenehan recorded in 2003. The soloists performing in the set include Menuhin, du Pré, Tortelier, Baker, Shirley-Quirk and Bostridge.

This Box Set includes:
• Over 80 minutes of newly-remastered recordings.
• A promotional presentation by Thomas Beecham given in October 1948 for the launch of the 78rpm set of A Village Romeo and Juliet.

Frederick Delius was born in Bradford of naturalized British citizens who came from Germany. Early influences included Wagner and Grieg but he soon found his personal and distinctive voice. His music was championed by Sir Thomas Beecham who not only conducted but often financed their performances and edited the music. In the last ten years of his life, owing to blindness and paralysis, he needed the assistance of an amanuensis. Eric Fenby, a fellow Yorkshireman, became the means through which a series of works, including the important Songs of Farewell, were notated.

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18CD Beecham/Barbirolli/Henuhin/Du Pre/Bostridge/Royal Philh

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ecstasy recollected in solitude 6 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This release appears to be on Audio CD only and this is the format that I sent for and received before going on a short touring holiday of the north of England and my soundtrack for this road trip was this set of CDs to play on my old car's CD player. I have loved the music of Delius since being introduced to his music whilst at University in the late 1970s. Here was a chance to get re-acquainted with a number of much loved old recordings first enjoyed on vinyl. The Barbirolli/Halle recordings of some of the orchestral pieces, especially a personal favourite "In a Summer Garden", are a special highlight. It was a deep happiness to hear again these sublime hymns to nature played with such insight and I was drawn in once more to share the composer's godless yet deeply spiritual worship of and joy in the beauty of life. If nostalgia could be this rewarding all the time it wouldn't have such a bad name. Also very much deserving of praise are the Charles Groves and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra recordings. The Menuhin and Tortelier recordings of the violin, cello and double concertos are full of the inspried musicianship that one would expect from two such much admired virtuosi.

Delius is, as I suspect any reader of this review will know, a much neglected composer these days and the trajectory of his fall from popularity can be taken from the fact the vast majority of these EMI recording date from the 1960s and 1970s. There is almost nothing recorded in the last 25 years. In the years that have elapsed since the golden years of EMI's Delius recording, Delius has been played less and less. It is such a pity because on his day his music stands comparison with any other British composer including Elgar, Vaughan Williams or Holst (all of whom were his near contemporaries).
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delius - Content Information 12 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
CD 1 [79.20]
[1] Sleigh Ride (Winternacht) 5.30
[2] Marche caprice (ed & arr. Beecham) 4.00
[3] Over the hills and far away (ed. Beecham) 12.57
[4] A Dance Rhapsody no. 2 7.40
[5] -[9] A Dance Rhapsody no. 1 12.01
[10] On the Mountains (Paa vidderne) 12.17
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
[11] -[15] Promotional presentation by Sir Thomas Beecham in October 1948 for the launch of the 78rpm set of A Village Romeo and Juliet 25.02

CD 2 [78.50]
[1] The Walk to the Paradise Garden from A Village Romeo and Juliet (arr. Beecham) 9.45
[2] A Song of Summer 11.19
[3] Irmelin Prelude 5.44
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli
[4] Late Swallows (arr. Fenby) 10.49
Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli
[5] Rehearsing Appalachia (16.VII.1970) 2.32
[6] -[22] Appalachia - Variations on an Old Slave Song with final chorus 37.19 (rev. & ed. Beecham)
Ambrosian Singers (chorus master: John McCarthy)
Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli

CD 3 [75.50]
[1] Paris - The Song of a great City 21.49
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Mackerras
[2] In a Summer Garden 14.12
Hallé Orchestra/Vernon Handley
Two Pieces for Small Orchestra
[3] No. 1 On hearing the first cuckoo in Spring 5.42
[4] No. 2 Summer night on the river 6.23
[5] Intermezzo from `Fennimore and Gerda' (arr. Fenby) 4.54
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley
[6] -[8] Piano Concerto in C minor 22.40
Piers Lane, piano
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley

CD 4 [78.55]
[1] -[4] Florida, suite (Revised and edited by Sir Thomas Beecham) 38.15
[5] -[27] Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody 16.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love? 17 Aug 2013
By JSMR
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Others have written reviews - read them. For collectors of classical works this is a must. It's well put together and will give you hours and hours of enormous enjoyment. Buy it while you can - it will never be done again certainly not at this reasonable price of £36.01.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price 28 Mar 2013
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Great value and just what I was after. Good to have everything in one compact box, quality excellent.Would recommend to any music lover..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to Delius! 19 Feb 2013
By fred
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have long wanted a good selection of Delius' compositions and this is it! I took one look at it and ordered it.It ticks all my boxes.
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