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Delius: Florida Suite, North Country Sketches, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Air and Dance CD


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  • Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Composer: Frederick Delius
  • Audio CD (24 July 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos Collect
  • ASIN: B00004W3JG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Florida Suite: I. Daybreak - DanceUlster Orchestra11:15Album Only
Listen  2. Florida Suite: II. By the RiverUlster Orchestra 6:42£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Florida Suite: III. Sunset - Near the PlantationUlster Orchestra10:39Album Only
Listen  4. Florida Suite: IV. At NightUlster Orchestra 9:01Album Only
Listen  5. North Country Sketches: No. 1. AutumnUlster Orchestra 8:24Album Only
Listen  6. North Country Sketches: No. 2. Winter LandscapeUlster Orchestra 4:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. North Country Sketches: No. 3. DanceUlster Orchestra 7:24£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. North Country Sketches: No. 4. The March of the SpringUlster Orchestra 8:55Album Only
Listen  9. 2 Pieces for Small Orchestra: No. 1. On Hearing the First Cuckoo in SpringLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 6:14£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Air and DanceLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 5:02£0.59  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

The shadow of Grieg lies heavily across Delius's early music, even the Florida Suite, with its ostensibly American inspiration. What Delius hadn't mastered at this stage was the knowledge of when to stop, and some of the movements, with their four-square harmonic shifts, outstay their welcome. But in two of the sections, 'Sunset' and 'At Night', he begins to feel his way forward to his mature style, and it's here that Handley is at his most affectionate. North Country Sketches is a more mature work, surer in its chromatic harmonies, and with a definite sense of direction, helped here by Handley's instinct for the inner pulse of the music - there's no hint of that aimless meandering with which Delius is so often charged. The inimitable Beecham may bring that extra bit of sophistication to these works, but his recorded sound is now dated, whereas the Chandos recording allows Delius's palette of colours to shine through.

Performance ****
Sound *****

© BBC Music Magazine 2001

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Knj Yates on 10 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD
I was a little tentative wondering if this could be such good value as it appeared to be. I need not have worried, Vernon Handley has a lovely lyrical reading of what are already romantic pieces, gets the best from this great group of players and produces a cd that is atmospheric and lush. the North Country sketches are stunning - just wonderful.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. L. Lee on 1 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
Heard this piece on radio 3 and having thought I did not like Delius much, too bland, found that this beautiful suite lifted my mood. It is perfect music to drive to and I keep it in the car for that purpose. This allows me to listen to it in peace and quiet and to blank out the discourteous driving one comes across from time to time. Not the recording I heard on the radio but very sensitive to the composer's intentions I think
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. M. Kirby on 18 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful music

For anybody wanting an introduction to the music of Delius, this is it; the CD includes his Florida Suite and North Country Sketches which are beautifully played by the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Vernon Handley.

Superb value for money and highly recommended.
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