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Love, longing and loss,
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This review is from: Delius: Sea Drift / Songs of Sunset (Audio CD)
What an intensity of love and loss! It would be good to know the reason for the intensity of the feelings summoned up by poetry about a sea bird losing its mate. Was it, as some have written, that he had deep feelings for a lover whom he left in America? Bryn Terfel certainly sings the turmoil to be found in Sea Drift and Richard Hickox and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Choirs heighten the tension on the heart strings. Then, for the Songs of Farewell (poetry of Walt Whitman chosen by Delius wife Jelka Rosen), there is the tearmaking and rending parting of a double chorus with Waynflete Singers, Southern Voices and Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. Without the aid of Eric Fenby, Delius (blind and paralysed) could not have made this tender music. There is a departure with no return. But for me the ardent sensual desire and passion of Songs of Sunset makes it one of Delius greatest works,- rich and lushly poetic. There is eroticism in the music derived from Ernest Dowson's poetry. Sally Burgess and Bryn Terfel duet this warmly and with abandon. Delius knows the feelings and his music can make much of ' O red pomegranate of thy perfect mouth' and the desolation of loss 'By the sad waters of separation' and ' They are not long, the days of wine and roses'. This is great music and singing of ecstasy, longing and loss.