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4.0 out of 5 stars Delius Fan, 3 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Delius: Double Concerto/Violin Concerto/ Cello Concerto] (Audio CD)
I write as a Delius fan since the early 1950s when I used to attend concerts by the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra and under Maurice Miles they gave most elegant performances of that Comperer's works and also extra special ones of Haydn. I looked forward to this recording with great expectations knowing how sincerely Tasmin Little has championed the concertos included on this disc and the high class technical skills Chandos bring to CD recordings. I will not go in to detail but give shortcut opinions based on listening to most recording of the music of Delius over many years. I would give it five stars on most counts and agree in many respects with former reviewer but I must reduce that to four stars on account of style in fortissimo passages. Sometimes I feel like a voice crying in the wilderness when I condemn too many classical performances for being frantic in fortissimo passages. In Delius' music in particular the playing always demands broad, loving and ecstatic care over every note. Jean Pougnet gets near this in the still definitive recording with Beecham and the RPO but here on this CD the playing tends towards the frantic and aggressive whenever the intensity and volume rises to a climax. It seems to be difficult for modern orchestras to achieve this when they are used to playing much classical music in a "safe" standard style. Remember Beethoven was an anathema to Delius. Sometimes Tasmin Little's vibrato is unnecessarily excessive and the notes are attcked in fortissimo passages but the tone is otherwise big and expressive and the intertwining of the two parts in the double concerto is excellent. Thanks to the performers and Chandos for making this CD available and only the frantic style in loud passages reduce the rating.
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Initial post: 12 Dec 2011, 21:19:48 GMT
Roasted Swan says:
I'm interested that you pick up on Little's vibrato - I have not heard this disc but felt exactly the same about her recent disc of the Elgar concerto - its received wide acclaim but to me ear the 'sweeter' sound of a Hugh Bean or a Campoli in that work is preferable. Interestingly Little's style seems to have changed in recent years into this fatter approach. Certainly her first recording of the Delius concerto is not like that - which is why I have stuck with that and not bought the new disc. I enjoyed your review all round - interesting and perceptive - thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2015, 08:53:57 BST
Personally I have always regarded Delius as utterly wet, sentimental and tedious - far rather listen to Bartok's violin concertos with some backbone, light and shade. So if Little manages to bring out some strength in it I might be tempted - thanks for the negative (in my case positive) comment.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2015, 15:52:42 BST
Last edited by the author on 28 Aug 2015, 15:56:55 BST
Hermann 2 says:
Delius's music has been endorsed by many fine musicians such as Sir Thomas Beecham, Julian Lloyd Webber and many others including Tasmin Little herself and they cannot all be wrong. It is a matter of ones personal taste. Tasmin Little is a fine violinist and I have heard her get right under the skin of many composers and for the most part she does so in her earlier recording of the Delius concerto. I felt that the essential soaring lyrical qualities in the occasional forte passages were just a tiny bit forced in this later version. I also agree with the comments made by Roasted Swan.
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