Delius: Cynara

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Delius: Sea Drift & Cynara

Delius: Sea Drift & Cynara


Delius:

Sea Drift

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Hallé Choir

Cynara

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Holst:

The Hymn of Jesus, H140

Hallé & Hallé Choir & Hallé Youth Choir


Following unparalleled success with recordings for orchestra and choir, including awards in recent years from both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, Hallé and Sir Mark Elder present a compelling programme of evocative and rarely performed works which will be a valuable addition to the catalogue.

Holst’s large-scale work The Hymn of Jesus explores the connection between dancing and religious ritual in a highly concentrated and intense work. It combines musical techniques and thematic material to produce a work which is a highly evocative representation of the serenity and exaltation of mysticism.

Delius' enigmatic choral poem Sea Drift is described by Elder as a ‘masterpiece’ and is a work he has long wanted to perform and record. Composed in 1903 to verses by Walt Whitman the work depicts, in wonderful music of great emotional intensity, an expression of grief, loss and bereavement. Including some of the most ravishing music that Delius ever penned, Sea Drift stands as one of the most profound evocations of loss in British music.

Cynara also follows the theme of loss in a setting of texts by the poet Ernest Dowson, lamenting the loss of the mistress of the poet Horace in classical literature. With its yearning violin solo, overpowering sense of hedonistic melancholy, brief dance-episode and highly effective ending, it is a fortunately preserved reminder of Delius at the height of his expressive powers.

The performances of these works perfectly illustrate the renaissance that has been achieved at the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder including from the two Hallé choirs.

Featuring acclaimed British baritone Roderick Williams; a soloist at the height of his powers, here in repertoire which is perfectly suited to his lyrical, dramatic and musical expertise.

“beautiful, idiomatic performances of Holst’s mystical and harmonically still startling Hymn of Jesus, and Delius’s elegiac Sea Drift” The Times, 31st August 2013 ****

“The heights of excellence that the Hallé forces are consistently achieving under Elder are quite remarkable. Placing a strong emphasis on expression and such judicious pacing the performers seem to relish every note. This is an indispensable addition to any serious collection of music for chorus and orchestra.” MusicWeb International, 19th September 2013

“The disc is primarily a showcase for the Hallé Choir and Youth Choir. They're majestic, elated and thrillingly in-your-face in the Hymn of Jesus; Sea Drift finds them more muted and subtle, rightly so. Mark Elder's Holst is exciting and insightful.” The Guardian, 19th September 2013 ****

“this keenly poetic, at times daringly spacious and shrewdly observant account finds Mark Elder and his combined Hallé forces operating at the very top of their game...[Williams's] involvement is total; indeed, his heart-rending delivery of the transcendental closing section...never fails to bring a lump to the throat...this imposing Hallé newcomer demands to be heard” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“The Halle plays with precise attacks and perfect blending, and Mark Elder directs with sure control of the episodic structure...Williams is an outstanding soloists, with well focused tone throughout his range and the clearest of diction...telling the story with restrained compassion.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 *****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2013

Hallé - CDHLL7535

(CD)

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The Delius Collection

The Delius Collection


Delius:

Dance Rhapsody No. 1

Ed. Beecham

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norman Del Mar

A Song of the High Hills

Maryetta Midgley, Vernon Midgley

Ambrosian Singers & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Preludes Nos. 1, 2 & 3

Eric Parkin (piano)

Polka - Zum Carnival

Eric Parkin (piano)

Fantastic Dance

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Dance Rhapsody No. 2

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Irmelin Prelude

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Violin Concerto

Ralph Holmes (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley

A Song of Summer

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

A Late Lark

Anthony Rolfe Johnson

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Piano Concerto in C minor

Philip Fowke (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norman Del Mar

The Walk to the Paradise Garden

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norman Del Mar

Songs of Sunset

Thomas Allen, Sarah Walker

Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Idyll 'Once I passed through a populous city'

Thomas Allen, Felicity Lott

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Koanga: La Calinda

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Cello Sonata

Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)

Violin Sonata No. 1 in E major

Ralph Holmes (violin)

Eric Fenby

Violin Sonata No. 2

Ralph Holmes (violin)

Eric Fenby

Violin Sonata No. 3

Ralph Holmes (violin)

Eric Fenby

Paris - Song of a Great City

Ed. Beecham

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norman Del Mar

An Arabesque

Thomas Allen

Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Suite for Violin & Orchestra

Ralph Holmes (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Fennimore and Gerda: Intermezzo

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Songs of Farewell

Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Cynara

Thomas Allen

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Aquarelles (2)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Caprice & Elegy

Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Legende

Ralph Holmes (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Life’s Dance

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norman Del Mar

plus:

Orchestral Songs 28.28

Scandinavian, French, English Songs with Piano 43.24

Felicity Lott, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Sarah Walker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby.


To mark the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Delius, Heritage is thrilled to announce the re-release of ‘The Delius Collection’, a 7 CD slim-line wallet box of benchmark Delius recordings which originally appeared on the Unicorn Kanchana label. At the heart of this set are the recordings made by Eric Fenby and the RPO – interpretations of those works that Fenby took down or edited whilst working with the composer in the capacity of amanuensis. Further recordings from the Delius oeuvre are conducted by two luminaries of English music, Norman Del Mar and Vernon Handley with contributions from Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Sarah Walker, Felicity Lott, Thomas Allen, Julian Lloyd Webber and Ralph Holmes amongst others. Extensive liner notes are provided by Robert Matthew Walker as well as a ‘Foreword’ by Delius and Fenby authority, Stephen Lloyd. Full texts are included in the commemorative 28 page booklet.

“The present set, sumptuous in quantity and quality, is quite a coup for Heritage. The price is right and the content is classic...Classic Delius overwhelmingly in fruity early digital sound.” MusicWeb International, August 2012

Heritage - HTGCD700

(CD - 7 discs)

$40.75

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Delius: 150th Anniversary Edition

Delius: 150th Anniversary Edition


Delius:

Sleigh Ride

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Marche Caprice

ed. & arr. Beecham

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Over the hills and far away

ed. Beecham

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Dance Rhapsody No. 2

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Dance Rhapsody No. 1

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

On the mountains

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

The Walk to the Paradise Garden

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

A Song of Summer

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

Irmelin Prelude

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

Late Swallows

Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

Appalachia (Variations on an old slave song)

(includes rehearsal footage)

Ambrosian Singers, Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

Paris - Song of a Great City

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

In a Summer Garden

Hallé Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Fennimore and Gerda: Intermezzo

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Piano Concerto in C minor

Piers Lane (piano)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Florida Suite

Revised and edited by Sir Thomas Beecham

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Brigg Fair

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Summer Evening

arr. Beecham

Northern Sinfonia of England, Richard Hickox

Koanga: La Calinda

arr. Fenby

Northern Sinfonia of England, Richard Hickox

Air and Dance

Northern Sinfonia of England, Richard Hickox

Hassan: Intermezzo & Serenade

arr. Beecham

Northern Sinfonia of England, Richard Hickox

Aquarelles (2)

arr. Fenby

The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

Lebenstanz

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves

North Country Sketches

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves

Sea Drift

John Noble (baritone)

Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves

Cynara

John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves

Violin Concerto

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Meredith Davies

Double Concerto for Violin and Cello

Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Paul Tortelier (cello)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Meredith Davies

Cello Concerto

Jacqueline du Pré (cello)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Dance

arr. Eric Fenby

Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Eric Fenby

Koanga: La Calinda

arr. Eric Fenby

Elena Duran (flute)

Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Eric Fenby

Air and Dance

arr. Eric Fenby

Elena Duran (flute)

Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Eric Fenby

Five Little Pieces

arr. Eric Fenby

Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Eric Fenby

Sonata for string orchestra

arr. Eric Fenby

Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Eric Fenby

String Quartet (1916)

Britten Quartet

Violin Sonata No. 1 in E major

Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Eric Fenby (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 2

Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Eric Fenby (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 3

Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Eric Fenby (piano)

Legende

Tasmin Little (violin), John Lenehan (piano)

Cello Sonata

Moray Welsh (cello), Israela Margalit (piano)

Dance

Igor Kipnis (harpsichord)

Twilight Fancies

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Julius Drake (piano)

To be sung of a summer night on the water, No. 1

(wordless)

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Sir Philip Ledger

Wanderer's Song

Baccholian Singers of London

The Homeward Way

Marjorie Thomas (mezzo)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Twilight Fancies

orch. Beecham

Elsie Suddaby (soprano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Whither (Autumn)

orch. Beecham

Elsie Suddaby (soprano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

The Violet

orch. Gibson

Elsie Suddaby (soprano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Whither (Autumn)

Dora Labbette (soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

The Violet

Dora Labbette (soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

I-Brasîl

Dora Labbette (soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Young Venevil

sung in German

Dora Labbette (soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Twilight Fancies

Dora Labbette (soprano), Sir Thomas Beecham (piano)

Cradle song

Dora Labbette (soprano), Sir Thomas Beecham (piano)

The Nightingale (from Five Songs from the Norwegian)

Dora Labbette (soprano), Sir Thomas Beecham (piano)

Irmelin Rose from Seven Danish Songs

Dora Labbette (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

So white, so soft, so sweet is she from Four Old English Lyrics

Dora Labbette (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit

Dora Labbette (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

La lune blanche

Dora Labbette (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

To the queen of my heart (from Three Shelley Songs)

Heddle Nash (tenor), Gerald Moore (piano)

Love’s Philosophy (from Three Shelley Songs)

Heddle Nash (tenor), Gerald Moore (piano)

Caprice & Elegy

Beatrice Harrison (cello)

Chamber Orchestra, Eric Fenby

Eventyr (once upon a time)

Hallé Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Hassan - incidental music

Martyn Hill (tenor), Brian Rayner Cook (baritone)

Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, Vernon Handley

Songs of Sunset

Dame Janet Baker (mezzo), John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Sir Charles Groves

An Arabesque

John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Sir Charles Groves

A Mass of Life

Heather Harper (soprano), Helen Watts (contralto), Robert Tear (tenor), Benjamin Luxon (baritone)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, Sir Charles Groves

Requiem

Heather Harper (soprano), John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society, Meredith Davies

Idyll 'Once I passed through a populous city'

Heather Harper (soprano), John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Meredith Davies

A Song before sunrise

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Songs of Farewell

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Koanga

Eugene Holmes (Koanga), Claudia Lindsey (Palmyra), Raimund Herincx (Don José Martinez), Keith Erwen (Simon Perez), Jean Allister (Clotilda), Simon Estes (Rangwan)

London Symphony Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Sir Charles Groves

A Song of the High Hills

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Sir Charles Groves

A Village Romeo and Juliet

Benjamin Luxon (Manz), Noel Mangin (Marti), Colin Manley (Sali - as a child), Wendy Eathorne (Vrenchen - as a child), Elizabeth Harwood (Vrenchen), Robert Tear (Sali), John Shirley-Quirk (The Dark Fiddler)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Meredith Davies

Fennimore and Gerda

Elisabeth Söderström (Fennimore, Gerda), Brian Rayner Cook (Niels Lyhne), Robert Tear (Erik Refstrup)

Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio Chorus, Meredith Davies


EMI - 0841752

(CD - 18 discs)

$79.50

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