Exquisite, sensuous, utterly controlled down to every detail, these performances are unsurpassed in a field of stiff competition, where the other strong contenders are the recordings conducted by Barry Wordsworth and by Anthony Collins.
Hughs presents a meditative Delius, the opposite of the lush Collins approach. Wordsworth is somewhere in between, but closer to the meditative approach.
If I had to recommend one above the rest, this would be it, because it is the most sensuous of all.
Hughes would probably be the best conductor ever of both Ravel and Debussy.
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