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Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
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Delius: Walk To the Paradise Garden (The) / Dance Rhapsodies Nos. 1 and 2 / North Country Sketches
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For years, the only champion of the music of Frederic Delius (1862-1934) was Sir Thomas Beecham. His music was too moody--sometimes even flabby--for the British public. But his tone poems, which constitutes the bulk of his compositions, made way for Arnold Bax and countless others. Richard Hickox's take on these works is a moderate one, exercising restrain where Beecham let go ... or wallowed. Excellent here are the two Dance Rhapsodies and the killer "North Country Sketches," perhaps Delius's best-known work. If the Beecham recordings are hard to find, then the Chandos series is probably your best bet. --Paul Cook
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That said, this is a beautiful recording. Hickox does a good job of keeping the music in forward motion, which in many cases, conductors let the music fall apart, which is easy to do because it's so delicate. It's tough for any conductor to keep this kind of music afloat, but Hickox does an admirable job and the performances from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are top-notch.
Given the great conducting of Hickox and the performances from the Bournemouth Symphony, it would be hard not to pass this recording up. Highly recommended.
Edit: Those interested in Delius' music should also checkout Hickox's other two recordings on Chandos of Delius' choral works "A Mass of Life," "Sea Drift," "Songs of Farewell." I am sure these recordings will delight many classical fans as well.
This record does total justice to this composer.
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I choose this rating because the complete cd has very low volume. I have to turn up my player way high to even hear it.
A total waste of money. Too Bad. I love Delius.