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Delius: Sea Drift; Florida Suite


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Audio CD, November 8, 1991
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  • Performer: Thomas Hampson
  • Orchestra: Welsh Nat'l Opera Orchestra/Chorus
  • Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Frederick Delius
  • Audio CD (November 8, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Argo
  • ASIN: B00000E4KQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,138 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sea Drift, for baritone, chorus & orchestra, RT ii/3: Once Paumanok
2. Sea Drift, for baritone, chorus & orchestra, RT ii/3: Till of a sudden
3. Sea Drift, for baritone, chorus & orchestra, RT ii/3: Yes, my brother, I know
4. Sea Drift, for baritone, chorus & orchestra, RT ii/3: O rising stars!
5. Sea Drift, for baritone, chorus & orchestra, RT ii/3: O reckless despairing carols
6. Sea Drift, for baritone, chorus & orchestra, RT ii/3: O brown halo in the sky
7. Florida, suite for orchestra, RT vi/1: I. Daybreak
8. Florida, suite for orchestra, RT vi/1: II. By the river
9. Florida, suite for orchestra, RT vi/1: III. Sunset
10. Florida, suite for orchestra, RT vi/1: IV. At night

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corno di Bass Trombono on February 17, 2013
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The Florida Suite is early Delius, and among the most treasured products influenced by his few years in that state. It is highly melodic, beautifully orchestrated, and makes one long for the days that we never knew. Mackerras proves an admirable advocate for this music. Thomas Hampson's Sea Drift has the baritone delivering perhaps the most expressive of all performances of this masterpiece. Unless one gobbles this up quickly, the only way you might have of obtaining it is part of a large Decca box of works by this composer. It's well worth having in any package.
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jt52 on July 3, 2012
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This early 1990s Argo disc features two works for Frederic Delius inspired by his stay in Florida in 1884/5, so it is thematically linked. The better know work, "Sea Drift," sets poetry by Walt Whitman, and is written for baritone, chorus and orchestra, with the numbers running together. From 1903, it dates from a period that marked the emergence of the late-blooming Delius as a significant composer. The lesser know piece is the Florida Suite (1887) never played in the composer's lifetime and first revived by Thomas Beecham in the 1930s.

Charles Mackerras and Thomas Hampson are both outstanding artists and they, along with the Welsh National Opera, deliver a successful interpretation of the two works. The only criticism I'd make is that the brass section of the Welsh National Orchestra is not up to world standards. For example, in the opening of the Florida Suite (which is recapped in the finale), the section is unable to reduce their volume to match the soft playing of the rest of the orchestra. But generally the performers do an excellent job and represent the music well.

My downgrade to three stars is based on my dim view of the music itself. "Sea Drift" is a bland effort that is simultaneously overblown and uneventful. While I think Delius has written some fine music, he has a tendency to slip into insipidity, a tendency especially heard in "Sea Drift." The Florida Suite is a formative effort. It is pretty, well-written, and pleasant but essentially unmemorable. It reminds me of lighter music by Grieg or Dvorak, so is very different in style from Delius' mature music from the 1900s and 1910s.

Recorded sonics are very good.
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