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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Delius: Brigg FairSir Charles Mackerras16:21Album Only
listen  2. Delius: In a summer gardenSir Charles Mackerras14:07Album Only
listen  3. Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet, Music Drama in six scenes / Scene 5 - The Walk to the Paradise GardenSir Charles Mackerras10:11Album Only
listen  4. Delius: North Country Sketches - 1. AutumnSir Charles Mackerras 8:09Album Only
listen  5. Delius: North Country Sketches - 2. Winter LandscapeSir Charles Mackerras 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Delius: North Country Sketches - 3. DanceSir Charles Mackerras 6:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Delius: North Country Sketches - 4. The March of the SpringSir Charles Mackerras 8:05Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Delius: Florida - Suite for orchestra - 1. DaybreakSir Charles Mackerras12:36Album Only
listen  2. Delius: Florida - Suite for orchestra - 2. By the riverSir Charles Mackerras 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Delius: Florida - Suite for orchestra - 3. SunsetSir Charles Mackerras10:01Album Only
listen  4. Delius: Florida - Suite for orchestra - 4. At nightSir Charles Mackerras 8:37Album Only
listen  5. Delius: Two Aquarelles - Lento, ma non troppoSir Charles Mackerras 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Delius: Two Aquarelles - Gaily, but not too quickSir Charles Mackerras 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Delius: On hearing the first Cuckoo in SpringSir Charles Mackerras 7:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Delius: Summer night on the riverSir Charles Mackerras 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Delius: A Dance Rhapsody No.2Sir Charles Mackerras 8:06Album Only
listen10. Delius: A Dance Rhapsody No.1Sir Charles Mackerras13:13Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000IX80
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Transfigured Knight on March 27, 2009
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Sir Charles Mackerras understands Delius really well having recorded for the Classics For Pleasure (EMI) label with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and he also recorded some very early recordings of Delius on Decca, but this particular set with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra is, in my honest opinion, some of the best Delius ever recorded.

Mackerras, who is one of the finest conductors of his generation, does a fine job interpreting, navigating, and controlling this often very difficult music. There are many criticisms given to Delius' music such as meandering, not well defined, lacking rhythmic propulsion, etc. My viewpoint is 1. people who criticize someone like Delius hasn't really given him a chance and 2. doesn't really understand him to begin with. If you listen to Delius with pre-conceived notions, then you'll miss the point. You must listen with an open mind to appreciate him and his music must be listened to on its own terms.

Delius is a composer not many people discuss for some odd reason, but if you are familiar with classical music, then you're going to come to this review at some point. If you're at all curious in him, then you must realize he composed simply beautiful music. It is textural, atmospheric, lush, but under it's surface lies a whole world of exploring and provocative sensuality. When you hear a piece like "In A Summer Garden" you're first reaction may be "this is lovely, but..." You have to keep listening to fully appreciate him, though I loved his music the first time I heard it.

Mackerras does an admirable job with these pieces and obviously shows an affinity for this music. The orchestra are also top-notch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2009
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An extremely fine a well-played collection of many of Delius's most famous orchestral works, this double disc also complements rather nicely Decca's Barbirolli twofer. If you, like I am inclined to, require good stereo sound in Delius - thus ruling out the otherwise scintillating Beecham accounts - this is probably the issues to go for (although no one should be without the two Danacord releases with Bo Holten which includes some less familiar works). The performances are finely shaped, dynamic and animated, fresh and full of life, with beautiful string playing and (for the most part) fabulously shaped climaxes.

For example, take the enchanting introduction to the first Dance Rhapsody - perhaps one of the less immediately striking works here - where the oboe playing is utterly unmatched for magic and feeling; and the conclusion to that work is heartachingly beautifully rendered. The smaller works are also excellently performed; the Debussyesque, delicate sonorities and textures of Summer Night on the River, for instance, are truly bewitching here, with the instruction (on the final pages) "becoming softer as if dying away in the distance" being realized with a magic few or no other performances have matched. The "Daybreak" of the Florida Suite is another highlight, although the other movements tend a little towards the rough and noisy - it's partially Delius's own fault, but I'll admit that other performances have managed to make a better case for it. The North Country Sketches, with textures and patterns resembling both Debussy and Sibelius, on the other hand, are truly evocatively and imaginatively performed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones on August 17, 2012
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This is a lovely selection of orchestral works by Frederick Delius played by the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera conducted by Charles Mackerras. The recordings were made in the early 1990s. Delius was born in 1862 in Bradford, in northern England, of German parents. He is therefore a close contemporary of Elgar, Holst and E.J. Moeran amongst English composers, and of Sibelius and Debussy in Continental Europe. Debussy was born the same year as Delius, and Elgar and Holst died in the same year. Vaughan Williams was born in the following decade. What these composers all have in common is that there is a certain mystical or impressionistic quality to many of their compositions and they all reflected the inspiration of the countryside in their compositions. These two qualities are apparent on listening to the music on these two CDs.

The first CD opens with `Brigg Fair', an extended quarter-hour development of a well-known Lincolnshire folk-song, brought to Delius' attention by his friend Percy Grainger. The original song is also served by a fine rendition by Mel Torme accompanied by George Shearing at the piano. `Brigg Fair' is followed by one of these impressionistic Delius pieces, `In a summer garden'. `The walk to the Paradise Garden' is taken from near the end of Delius' most successful opera, A Village Romeo and Juliet, as the ill-fated lovers stroll towards the inn called the Paradise Garden - a piece that captures the wistful mood perfectly. CD1 ends with the North Country Sketches, composed in 1913-14, from recollections Delius had of the sounds and scenery of his childhood.

CD2 opens with the Florida Suite composed in 1887. Delius' family owned orange groves at Solano Grove near Jacksonville in Florida which, in 1884, Delius was sent to tend.
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