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Disc 1:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene I. September. A piece of land on a hill: (Allegro ma non troppo, con vigore) - Straight on, my plough, straiRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene I. September. A piece of land on a hill: 'Tis such a shame to let good land lie waste (Marti, Manz)Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene I. September. A piece of land on a hill: Come, Vrenchen, come! (Sali, Vrenchen)Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene I. September. A piece of land on a hill: The children are nearby (Marti, Manz)Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene I. September. A piece of land on a hill: How strange the song of the wind (Vrenchen, The Dark Fiddler, Sali,Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene I. September. A piece of land on a hill: Listen, my children, you need have no fear! (The Dark Fiddler)Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene I. September. A piece of land on a hill: (Sehr langsam) - We two will be the only bidders for that land (MarRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene II. Six years later. Outside Marti's house: (Lento) (orchestra)Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene II. Six years later. Outside Marti's house: Vrenchen!...Sali! (Sali, Vrenchen)Robert Tear 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene II. Six years later. Outside Marti's house: If only we two always stand together (Sali, Vrenchen)Robert Tear 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene III. The Wildland: (Poco meno) (orchestra)Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene III. The Wildland: (Tranquillo) - Sali!...Vrenchen! (orchestra, Vrenchen, Sali)Robert Tear 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene III. The Wildland: You here? I'm not surprised (The Dark Fiddler)Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene III. The Wildland: O Sali, I'm afraid! (Vrenchen, Sali)Robert Tear 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene III. The Wildland: (Molto lento) - Shameless hussy! (orchestra, Marti, Sali, Vrenchen)Robert Tear 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene IV. Interior of Marti's house: (Lento molto) (orchestra)Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene IV. Interior of Marti's house: Ah, the darkness has come (Vrenchen, Sali)Robert Tear 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene IV. Interior of Marti's house: O Sali, I should have died (Vrenchen, Sali)Robert Tear 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene IV. Interior of Marti's house: What will you do? Where will you go? (Sali, Vrenchen)Neville Taweel 5:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene IV. Interior of Marti's house: The Dream of Sali and Vrenchen (orchestra, chorus)Neville Taweel 6:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene IV. Interior of Marti's house: (Lento) (orchestra)Neville Taweel 1:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene IV. Interior of Marti's house: Ah, 'twas all a dream! (Vrenchen, Sali, Peasants)Neville Taweel 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene V. The Fair: (Con moto) (orchestra, fairground women & men, chorus, Peasants)Neville Taweel 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene V. The Fair: Oh, Sali, look at those lovely, lovely things! (Vrenchen, Sali, fairground women & men, PeasantNeville Taweel 1:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene V. The Fair: Well well! What do I see? (First Woman & Man, Vrenchen, Sali, Second Man & Woman, Peasants, faiNeville Taweel 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene V. The Fair: Come, my Vrenchen! (Sali, Vrenchen, chorus)Neville Taweel 1:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene V. The Fair: The Walk to the Paradise Garden (orchestra)Neville Taweel 8:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene VI. The Paradise Garden: Dance and song, all day long! (Vagabonds)Neville Taweel 1:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene VI. The Paradise Garden: (Lento) (orchestra)Neville Taweel 1:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene VI. The Paradise Garden: So I must tell you (The Dark Fiddler)Neville Taweel 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene VI. The Paradise Garden: The twilight closes round the garden (Sali, Vrenchen, The Dark Fiddler)Neville Taweel 1:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene VI. The Paradise Garden: (Moderato) - Vagabonds and comrades! (orchestra, Vagabonds, Vrenchen, Sali, The DarNeville Taweel 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene VI. The Paradise Garden: Come with us...live in freedom! (Vagabonds, Vrenchen, The Dark Fiddler, Sali)Neville Taweel 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene VI. The Paradise Garden: Halleo! halleo! (First & Second Bargees, Vrenchen, Sali)Neville Taweel 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene VI. The Paradise Garden: Passing strangers, drifting by (Sali, Vrenchen)Neville Taweel 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene VI. The Paradise Garden: See, the silver moonlight kisses the woods (Sali, Vrenchen)Neville Taweel 1:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. A Village Romeo and Juliet - Music drama in six scenes from Gottfried Keller's novel, Scene VI. The Paradise Garden: See, our marriage bed awaits us! (Sali, Vagabonds, Vrenchen, First & Third Bargees)Neville Taweel 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Frederick Delius: An Illustrated Talk by Eric Fenby: 'It is strange that as the years go by...' - Florida Suite (III) (RPO/Beecham P 1960) -Eric Fenby 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Frederick Delius: An Illustrated Talk by Eric Fenby: 'Though Delius had by this time...' - A Mass of Life (Final chorus) (LPO & Choir/Groves P 1972) -Eric Fenby 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Frederick Delius: An Illustrated Talk By Eric Fenby: 'I Never Hear That Music...' - Paris (Rlpo/Groves P 1972) -Eric Fenby 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Frederick Delius: An Illustrated Talk by Eric Fenby: 'The peak of this complicated type of writing...' - Florida Suite (III) (RPO/Beecham P 1960) -Eric Fenby 2:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Frederick Delius: An Illustrated Talk by Eric Fenby: 'I must confess...' - Appalachia (Var. 13 cplte) (Ambrosian Sgrs, Hallé Orch./Barbirolli P 1971) -Eric Fenby 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Frederick Delius: An Illustrated Talk by Eric Fenby: 'Surely one can feel there...' - In a Summer Garden (Hallé Orch./Barbirolli P 1969) -Eric Fenby 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Frederick Delius: An Illustrated Talk by Eric Fenby: 'It has been said that Delius is a mood...' - Cello Concerto (Allegramente) (du Pré, RPO/Sargent P 1965) -Eric Fenby 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Frederick Delius: An Illustrated Talk By Eric Fenby: 'Delius Was Certainly The Least Professional...[Demonstrates Dictation Process At Piano]' - Cynara (Shirley-Quirk, Rlpo/Groves P 1969) -Eric Fenby 5:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Frederick Delius: An Illustrated Talk By Eric Fenby: 'When Delius Died In 1934...' - An Arabesque (Shirley-Quirk, Rlpo & Choir/Groves P 1968)Eric Fenby 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Robert Tear, Elizabeth Harwood, Benjamin Luxon
  • Composer: Frederick Delius
  • Audio CD (July 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00006YX76
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Operaman! on May 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It was some sort of miracle that EMI finally reissued Meredith Davies' recording of Delius' Village Romeo and Juliet on CD. I always knew there was an audio potential in this recording not possible on analog LP (my well-worn Angel LPs, and a very long futile search for the British EMI pressings attest to that). This is simply one of my favorite opera recordings. I prefer it to the Mackerras/Argo digital version of a few years back (the recording that provided the soundtrack to Petr Weigl's film of the opera, now on DVD). Davies employs the revised Tom Hammond version of the sung text - more singable than the version used by Mackerras and printed in the Boosey & Hawkes vocal score. The CD also includes Eric Fenby's discussion on Delius' music (not included in the original Angel LPs). Only one drawback - the complete libretto is not included in the gatefold 2-CD set. I'm willing to overlook that in light of having this wonderful recording back in circulation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Ben Cox on June 15, 2007
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I owned this recording on vinyl and am so glad to see it in CD format. The recording is simply beautiful. The soloists are top quality and the story is well told, with the Walk to the Paradise Garden being the epitome of romance and tragedy. This music needs to be heard, and no less a luminary than Sir Thomas Beecham believed in this composer. I'm not sure that I agree that Delius was totally unique, but he certainly does create his own sound-world and this recording is a wonderful way to enter that world. I highly recommend this recording to those who are just beginning to explore the music of Delius.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on November 27, 2007
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When Delius wrote his own libretto in English based on Gottfried Keller's novel Die Leute von Seldwyla he took his title from an obvious resemblance to Shakespeare in the plot. For me there is another poem that keeps suggesting itself, and it is Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott. Changing Tennyson's pronoun from `she' to `they' I get a caption for this review. When I come to the sad outcome aboard the boat in each case I think `Singing, in their song they died'. The intriguing analogy, which may or may not be applicable, would be `The curse is come upon them'.

Sali and Vrenchen, the Swiss family Romeo and Juliet, have prosperous farmers for fathers. Between their farms is a strip of waste land coveted by both. The nearest this tract has to an owner is a vagabond referred to as The Dark Fiddler. He is not a particularly mysterious figure. Everyone knows that he cannot claim the land because he was born out of wedlock, and although he makes reference to his `kingdom' he does not place any kind of gipsy's curse on either the farmers or their offspring, or even seem greatly to lament his loss. He predicts that there will be trouble when all his land has been annexed, but that never actually happens. When both families have been reduced to beggary by a lawsuit over their claims (quite an achievement even for lawyers I must say) the coveted land is still described as `wild'. However there is surely a heavy suggestion of some kind of curse.
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This reissue of Delius's finest and most famous opera is a set that should be in every music enthusiast's collection. And I lament the fact that the other Delius operas (apart from Fennimore and Gerda) are so hard to obtain, insofar they are wonderful works as well; I'd be willing to say that they are indeed masterpieces, at least the best of them (such as A Village Romeo and Juliet) worthy of comparison with - in fact as good as - anything written by, say, Puccini or Richard Strauss. Those are strong claims, but I really mean them. This is quite simply breathtakingly magnificent music. Fortunately, when EMI set down A Village Romeo and Juliet with Meredith Davies in 1971, they gathered a spectacular cast, and even though I haven't heard the Mackerras version of A Village Romeo & Juliet, at least this is a superb performance and an an immensely satisfying version of the work (it is certainly also helped by using Tom Hammond's revised text for the libretto - the composer's own is rather, shall we say, unsatisfactory).

Delius's music is enchantingly atmospheric and evocatively colorful as always, but in this work he also achieves a strong dramatic cohesion - the music never seems to meander, even though Delius doesn't hold back on lushness and instrumental color. It is partially also to the credit of Davies that the music appears so convincingly cogent with his sure-footed pacing of the drama. The storyline resembles Tristan & Isolde as much as Romeo & Juliet and climaxes in the famous orchestral set-piece, the Walk to the Paradise Garden, and it is to the credit of Davis and his forces also that such a hackneyed piece comes across as such a emotionally harrowing and ecstatic culmination.
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