This music brings me great pleasure and happiness. This early Delius is great music and deserves to be better known. It speaks of the time that Delius spent in America and listened to the music of the black workers on the Orange Plantations at Solano Grove near to the great St. John's River. I don't know if Delius had a relationship with a black worker or whether she bore him a child, but he certainly had a massive affection for the time that he spent there. Part of the evidence is the fresh and lively Florida Suite - Daybreak- Dance ('La Calinda'- one of my favourite tunes) , By the River, Sunset - near the Plantation, and finally At Night. There are two movements from a little suite. I wonder what he was thinking as he wrote the mildly exotic 'La Quadroone'( Rapsodie floridienne). There is a fantasy overture 'Over the Hills and Far Away' with some fine moments for flute. The final scene from the opera 'Koanga' inspired by the black African experience in America set on an 18th century Louisiana plantation is a fitting conclusion to this beautifully realised experience with excellent performances from English Northern Philharmonia conducted by David Lloyd Jones.