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Delius In Norway [Sir Andrew Davis, Anne Helen Moen] [Chandos: CHSA 5131] [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Anne Helen Moen , Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra , Frederick Delius , Sir Andrew Davis Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
  • Composer: Frederick Delius
  • Audio CD (6 Jan 2014)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00GK8P092
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Folkelivsbilleder, Op. 19: No. 2. Brudefolget drager forbi (Bridal Procession) (arr. F. Delius for orchestra)Andrew Davis 3:490.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Paa Vidderne (On the Heights)Andrew Davis14:16Album Only
Listen  3. 7 Songs From the Norwegian (version for voice and orchestra): No. 3. Evening Voices (Twilight Fancies)Ann-Helen Moen 3:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. 7 Songs From the Norwegian (version for voice and orchestra): No. 7. The Bird's StoryAnn-Helen Moen 3:330.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 3 Small Tone Poems: No. 2. Winter Night (Sleigh Ride)Andrew Davis 5:430.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Folkeraadet: Norwegian Suite: I. Prelude to Act I: Con moto - Molto tranquillo - Tempo IAndrew Davis 3:150.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Folkeraadet: Norwegian Suite: II. Interlude between Acts I-II: Con spirito - Allargando - Piu tranquillo - Tempo I - Maestoso, piu lento - Allargando al fineAndrew Davis 5:340.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Folkeraadet: Norwegian Suite: II. Melodrama in Act II: Molto tranquilloAndrew Davis0:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Folkeraadet: Norwegian Suite: III. Interlude between Acts II-III: Allegro energico - Maestoso, piu lento - Andante espressivo, molto tranquillo - Con moto - Vivo - Presto - Lento molto tranquillo - MaAndrew Davis 7:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Folkeraadet: Norwegian Suite: III. Melodrama in Act V: -Andrew Davis0:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Folkeraadet: Norwegian Suite: IV. Interlude between Acts IV-V: Marcia, lento solenne - Solenne - Lento - Allegro, ma non troppo - Moderato - Allegro moderato con humoreAndrew Davis 7:200.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. 2 Pieces for Small Orchestra: No. 1. On Hearing the First Cuckoo in SpringAndrew Davis 6:210.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Eventyr, "Once Upon a Time"Andrew Davis15:12Album Only

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English music breeds unequal pairs. Frederick Delius can no more be equated with his contemporary Edward Elgar than Michael Tippett can with Benjamin Britten. Yet such is the delightful diversity (or perversity) of musical taste that there will always be devotees who declare Delius and Tippett to be the more interesting composers. Delius is a taste not easily acquired. Lacking Elgar s grand gestures and memorably coherent melodies, he writes in wispy strands, too disparate for comfort. This album comfortably opens with concise miniatures from a land he considered his spiritual home. Norwegian Bridal Procession is an orchestral delight, anticipating in gentle celebration the Peter Maxwell Davies masterpiece Orkney Wedding with Sunrise. Two soprano folksongs are sumptuously delivered by Ann-Helen Moen and the familiar On hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring is languor incarnate, so timeless in its bird-watching patience it can soak your socks off. The weaker pieces here are the longer ones a 25-minute suite for a theatre play satirising Norwegian politics (how amusing) and the interminable Eventyr, actually only 15 minutes long. Even the title sounds like eternity. Both suites were edited by Delius's champion, the conductor Thomas Beecham, and you wish he had been more ruthless with the blue pencil. Still, as a sampler of Delius at his best and his worst, this compilation does the job more trenchantly than any critic can. Use it on friends to demonstrate Elgar's exceptionality. Andrew Davies conducts the excellent Bergen Philharmonic. --Sinfini music, 13/01/14

Perhaps (this) what the thought of a stay in Norway induced- and still might, on listening to this well-conceived and more than decently executed Norwegian anthology. --IRR, Feb'14

Magical music, soaring interpretation and sympathetic recording. Delius is at home at last. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music magazine, mar'14

The Bergen Philharmonic play with élan, Davis clearly knows his Delius and Chandos's sound is superb. Recommended. --Gramophone, Mar'14

Magical music, soaring interpretation and sympathetic recording. Delius is at home at last. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music magazine, mch'14

Product Description

Eventyr - On the Mountains - Sleigh Ride - Norwegian Bridal Procession - On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring... / Ann Helen Moen, soprano - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Andrew Davis, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delius comes home to Norway 14 Jan 2014
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Sir Andrew Davis and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra have made a sterling contribution to our increasing fascination with Anglo-Scandinavian connections from around the time Norway obtained its independence in 1905. The performances here are all first class and the Chandos recording in the Grieg Concert Hall in Bergen is of demonstration quality. In anyone should still doubt Delius's position as a member of the "master composer" category then this recording should settle the matter once and for all. How much poorer the classical music world would have been without the combined presences of Grieg, Grainger and Delius. The reputations of all three are only heightened with the passing of time and this most timely recording does full justice to the material. The combination of a British master conductor and a top Norwegian orchestra is unbeatable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is where Chandos is at it’s best 28 Mar 2014
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This most enjoyable disc with 2 great Delian tone paintings (Eventyr and Paa Vidderne), 2 orchestral classics in a lighter vein (Cuckoo and Sleigh Ride), a suite of incidental music and 2 orchestrated songs is – for me – where Chandos is at it’s best: a clear and warm recording with silky strings, good booklet notes and unearthed, not much played, music. I mean, will you ever hear this in the concert hall? Not over here in Holland, we only play Mahhhhhhhhhhhhhhler, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky nowadays. Chandos and the like do a great job by making possible to collect and hear this music and I can only hope they’ll continue on this path. The Amazon warning: Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware isn’t entirely true: If you put these discs into a normal CD-player you get glorious Stereo results. Only the SACD layer of these discs can’t be reproduced without a SACD-player. The same for the Multi-Channel option.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delius at his best 1 April 2014
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Wonderful - could listen to it all day - and I do! If you are a Delius devotee, no problem. If you are not, try this!
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