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Long an admirer of Nietzsche's poetry, Frederick Delius composed a Mass of Life while at the height of his powers, blending passages from Also Sprach Zarathustra into orchestral textures of great expressive depth and striking beauty. Written in his final years, the Prelude and Idyll sourced music from a long discarded opera, transforming a story of lust and vengeance into one which emphasizes the transience of life and love. David Hill's previous BSO recordings include a "perfectly judged" Dies natalis by Gerald Finzi (The Guardian on 8.570417), while his Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas (8.572424) was described as "thrilling... a great case for a neglected work". (Classic FM) Renowned for his fine musicianship, David Hill is widely respected as both a choral and an orchestral conductor. He became the Bach Choir's ninth Musical Director in 1998; he is also Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers and Associate Guest Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.


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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


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  1. A Mass of Life: Part I: O Du mein Wille! (Chorus)Janice Watson 5:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. A Mass of Life: Part I: Erhebt eure Herzen (Baritone)Janice Watson 1:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. A Mass of Life: Part I: In dein Auge schaute ich jungst (Chorus, Tenor, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone)Janice Watson13:50Album Only
  4. A Mass of Life: Part I: Wehe mir! (Baritone, Chorus)Janice Watson 2:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. A Mass of Life: Part I: Nacht ist es (Chorus, Baritone)Janice Watson 8:44Album Only
  6. A Mass of Life: Part II: Auf den Bergen -Janice Watson 5:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. A Mass of Life: Part II: Herauf! nun herauf (Chorus, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor)Janice Watson 4:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. A Mass of Life: Part II: Susse Leier! (Baritone)Janice Watson 4:43$0.89  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. A Mass of Life: Part II: Lento - La la la (Chorus) - Lasst vom Tanze nicht ab (Baritone, Chorus)Janice Watson18:25Album Only
  2. A Mass of Life: Part II: Heisser Mittag schlaft (Chorus, Baritone, Mezzo-Soprano, Soprano, Tenor)Janice Watson14:32Album Only
  3. A Mass of Life: Part II: Gottes Weh ist tiefer (Baritone, Chorus)Janice Watson 4:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. A Mass of Life: Part II: Kommt! Lasst uns jetzo wandeln! (Chorus, Baritone, Tenor, Mezzo-Soprano, Soprano)Janice Watson13:16Album Only
  5. Prelude -Janice Watson 3:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Prelude and Idyll: Idyll: Once I passed through a populous city (Baritone, Soprano)Janice Watson16:36Album Only

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Composer: Frederick Delius
  • Audio CD (June 26, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B007P1837E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A. Mcdonald on September 12, 2012
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Delius is heard only occasionally, and several recent recordings are trying to set that record straight. This is one that should do it. The composer was a great admirer of Nietzsche, and he uses the texts of that troubled philosopher for this piece. David Hill's recording (with excellent soloists) is fine. This is a work I need to get better acquainted with. It avoids the quiet dreaminess which can be overdone in Delius (although that quality is often there), and listeners will find it mesmerizing, I think. I know I did!
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This is the newest recording of the Delius Mass of Life to be issued. It is a worthy successor to the Beecham, Groves, and Hickox recordings. Nice sound quality and great performances under the able direction of David Hill. My first choice would still be the Groves on EMI which was recorded by the famous Christopher Bishop-Christopher Parker team in Kingsway Hall in the early 1970s. However, this Naxos issue really is excellent, and you should not hesitate if you are a newcomer or veteran of the piece. As a nice bonus, we also get the late Idyll which was was realized with the help of the young Eric Fenby.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By musichathcharms on September 19, 2012
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An ambitious undertaking to celebrate the entirety of life characterizes the mind of Western society at the dawn of the 20th Century, and Frederick Delius has put it to music. This composition endeavors to include everything: emotion, discovery, energy, delicacy, sorrow, and salvation. While such work merits praise for the undertaking, the effect can lose the audience. Or perhaps the music itself is simply not memorable.

The audience can be pictured expectantly hearing the opening of this work, enduring the second part, and then hoping that the Idyll will finally bring release. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Hill responds to every demand upon it. The soloists carry out their parts admirably, although the texture of the soprano reminds the listener of blurred watercolors, and the baritone becomes gritty from time to time. The credentials of the conductor, soloists, and Bach Choir suggest the highest level of quality, and yet the effect is bombastic, overwhelming, and wandering, lacking substance.

This is neither a Mass nor about Life, but an ode to narcissism in a mélange of sound. A devotee of Nietzsche, Delius pays homage to the Übermensch and the optimism of the dawning 20th Century. But today that philosophy has paled, and the theme has faded in its appeal to audiences. This work seems to reflect the confusion and lack of direction which eventually became a mark of the 20th century.
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