Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

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Delius in Norway

Delius in Norway


Eventyr (once upon a time)

Folkeraadet (The Council of the People)

On the mountains

Sleigh Ride

Two Songs from the Norwegian

Ann Helen Moen (soprano)

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring


Norwegian Bridal Procession, Op. 19, No. 2

arr. Delius

Sir Andrew Davis and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra perform in this release which celebrates the relationship of Delius with his spiritual home, Norway. It features works inspired by the country’s landscape and culture, many bearing the influence of Delius’s great friend and mentor Edvard Grieg. Delius first performed Sleigh Ride on the piano to a close group of friends, including Grieg. Orchestrated later under the title Winter Night, it went on to become Delius’s most popular miniature. The Norwegian Suite was commissioned as incidental music to the satirical play Folkeraadet. Delius’s clever use of the Norwegian national anthem throughout the score, however skilful, was seen as an insult to national sensibilities and uproar ensued, eventually forcing Delius to withdraw the music. Eventyr, translated as ‘Tales of Adventure’, evokes the spirit of Norwegian folk-tales. Delius applies some of his most imaginative orchestral strokes as he portrays a supernatural world of trolls, giants, demons, and pixies. Despite its brevity, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring is one of Delius’s sublime achievements, a perfect translation of nature and mood into music. Norwegian soprano Ann-Helen Moen joins the orchestral forces in Two Songs from the Norwegian.

“A string of orchestral and vocal works inspired by the composer’s love for the landscape of the Scandinavian country” Financial Times, 25th January 2014

“The Bergen Philharmonic play with elan, Davis clearly knows his Delius and Chandos's sound is superb.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“the quality of the sound reproduction is ideal and the enthusiasm and dedication of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and their conductor Sir Andrew Davis is palpable...this programme has been lovingly chosen by Chandos: it is a superb selection that showcases the deep affection Delius had for Norway, the composer’s absorption of its culture, and finally his friendship with Edvard Grieg.” MusicWeb International, 12th March 2014

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Delius: Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra, etc.


Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra

Marche Caprice

Summer Evening

Sleigh Ride

Spring Morning

American Rhapsody

The Walk to the Paradise Garden

A Song before Sunrise

Fantastic Dance

“..when performed with such tender and passionate advocacy as Lloyd-Jones and the Scottish orchestra lavish on them, his once popular orchestral miniatures...emerge with a beguiling freshness and ravishing impressionistic transparency. At Naxos's super-budget price…..this is a steal.” The Sunday Times

“A chronologically wide-ranging programme startis with Bizet-meets-Elgar in Marche caprice (composed in Paris in 1889) and finishes with the flourishes of the 1931 Fantastic Dance that Delius inscribed to his amanuensis Eric Fenby.
There are two further rarities: the fragrant Spring Morning of 1890, which breathes a distinctly Norwegian air, and the colourful AmericanRhapsody of 1896, an embryonic (and purely orchestral) dry run for the towering Appalachia of six years later.
Lloyd-Jones's flowing yet deeply felt way with The Walk to the Paradise Garden leaves a less artfully self-conscious impression than Mark Elder's silky Hallé version. The only reservation applies to the Two Pieces for Small Orchestra, On hearing the first cuckoo inSpring and Summer night on the river, both of which are too robust to work their full magic.
(Thomas Beecham and Norman Del Mar remain unsurpassed in this 1911-12 diptych; the same goes for A song before sunrise.) Otherwise, the RSNO respond attentively throughout.”
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Constant Lambert - Vol. I - Conductor

Constant Lambert - Vol. I - Conductor


On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Hassan: Intermezzo & Serenade

Koanga: La Calinda


Street Corner Overture

Symphonic Studies


Capriol Suite

The Curlew

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English Seasons

English Seasons


November Woods


Enter Spring


Christmas Dance 'Sir Roger de Coverley'


On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring


April-England, Op. 48 No. 1


Harvest Hymn

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Vaughan Williams, Delius & Walton: Works for small orchestra

Vaughan Williams, Delius & Walton: Works for small orchestra


Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra

Aquarelles (2)

Fennimore and Gerda: Intermezzo

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on Greensleeves

Oboe Concerto in A minor

Neil Black (oboe)

Tuba Concerto in F minor

Arnold Jacobs (tuba)

The Lark Ascending

Pinchas Zukerman (violin)


Passacaglia - Death of Falstaff and Touch her soft lips from Henry V

Daniel Barenboim's sumptuous performances of English music have long been favourites and here they are beautifully remastered with state-of-the-art technology for this release. Pinchas Zukerman's performance of The Lark Ascending is surely a stand-out among recordings of this work ('beautifully played, highly sympathetic performance' said Gramophone). What's more, the addition of Vaughan Williams's Tuba Concerto, making its first international appearance on CD, fills out this generous CD and collects together all of Barenboim's recordings of English music on one CD.

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Great British Anthems

Great British Anthems


Colonel Bogey March


Auld Lang Syne

God Save The Queen


The Water Mill

Elizabethan Serenade

Clarke, Jeremiah:

Trumpet Voluntary 'Prince of Denmark's March'

Coates, E:

The Three Elizabeths: Youth of Britain (Princess Elizabeth)

Knightsbridge March from London Suite

Knightsbridge March from London Suite


On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring


Eternal Father, strong to save


Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major, Op. 39 No. 4

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 3 in C minor, Op. 39 No. 3

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1


633 Squadron

633 Squadron: Main Theme


Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351: La Réjouissance

Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus

Samson: Let the bright seraphim


The Planets: Jupiter




Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Sullivan, A:

Pineapple Poll: excerpts

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on Greensleeves

Somerset: Folk Songs – March

The Lark Ascending: excerpt

Bright is the Ring of Words (No. 8 from Songs of Travel)


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All the GREAT BRITISH tracks you would HOPE for are included on this collection: Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory, God Save the Queen, Thomas Arne’s Rule Britannia, Handel’s Zadock the Priest, and Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah, through to the Lennon McCartney’s ‘Yesterday’ concerto arranged by John Lanchbery. Quality pervades this recording throughout.

This release this album captures and celebrates the great British spirit, like no other.

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Masterpieces in Miniature

Masterpieces in Miniature


La plus que lente


Cortege de Bacchus from Act III, Sylvia


On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring


Legends, Op. 59: No. 6 in C sharp minor


Pavane, Op. 50


Våren, elegiac melody for strings, Op. 34 No. 2

Ives, C:

The Alcotts

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Concerto symphonique No. 4 in D minor, Op. 102: Scherzo

Yuja Wang (piano)


Blumine (original 2nd movement of Symphony No. 1)


Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14


Rosamunde, D797: Entr'acte No. 3


Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

On ‘Masterpieces in Miniature’, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony offer an exquisite recording of miniature masterpieces, brief but brilliant pieces by some of the world’s favourite composers, including Litolff’s Scherzo electrifyingly performed by pianist Yuja Wang.

This exquisite recording from the Grammy award-winning partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony is proof that great things come in small packages. Featuring a thrilling performance of the Scherzo from Litolff’s Concerto symphonique No. 4 by virtuoso pianist Yuja Wang, alongside pieces by Debussy, Dvorák, Fauré, Grieg, Mahler, Rachmaninoff and others, ‘Masterpieces in Miniature’ is a must-have collection of short pieces by some of the world’s favourite composers that will delight casual listeners and aficionados alike. “These pieces were haunting, unforgettable”, explains MTT. “They seemed to explore the realms of vanished emotions, like wistfulness. They seemed like elusive and charming recollections of long ago.”

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Great European Organs No. 87: Lichfield Cathedral

Great European Organs No. 87: Lichfield Cathedral


On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

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arr. John E West

Sospiri, Op. 70

arr. Arthur Wills

Coronation March, Op. 65

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arr. Henry Ley


An English Suite

arr. Wolfgang Stockmeier


The Land of Lost Content


Procession Music from Drake

Martyn Rawles (Organ of Lichfield Cathedral)

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Tea for two

Tea for two

A Selection of European Delicacies


On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring


Salut d'amour, Op. 12


Concerto in G major for recorder, strings and 2 horns ad lib

Maurice Steger (recorder)


Happy Birthday Variations (excerpts)




Wedding Cake - Valse-Caprice for piano & strings, Op. 76

Davide Cabassi (piano)


Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two), Op. 16

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on Greensleeves

Della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Griffiths

The details are unclear, but one thing is certain: our couple loves classical music. This recording tells a love story with a happy ending, through a number of short but elegant compositions. Even small-scale works can be great in their own way and, compiled in such a creative manner and performed by such excellent musicians, they offer the listener an hour of sheer amazement and amusement.

From Jacques Ibert's Divertissement for chamber orchestra (when the couple first meet), via Anton Heberle's Concerto in G major (the wedding music) through to Peter Heidrich's Variations on Happy Birthday (the happy ending and final celebration), the orchestra accompanies the couple not only when they indulge their liking of tea during their honeymoon, but adding music from all eras as a backdrop to their relationship.

Since its establishment in 1935, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana has enjoyed a status as one of Switzerland's best-known orchestras, working regularly with renowned conductors and prestigious soloists.

On this recording, the ensemble is conducted by the English conductor Howard Griffiths, who has guest conducted many leading orchestras worldwide and is currently GMD of the Brandenburg State Orchestra. The soloists are Maurice Steger (recorder), who was hailed in The Independent newspaper as "the world's leading recorder virtuoso", and the pianist Davide Cabassi, finalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

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Classical Music for Meditation - 50 of the Best

Classical Music for Meditation - 50 of the Best


Miserere mei, Deus

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')


Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56 - Largo

Romance No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 40

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: Larghetto

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - Largo


String Quartet No. 2: 3rd Movement (Notturno)


Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1


Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Mazurka No. 6 in A minor, Op. 7 No. 2

Prelude Op. 28 No. 13 in F sharp major


Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 8 in G minor 'fatto per la notte di Natale': Pastorale


Petite Suite: En bateau


On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring


Sicilienne from Pelléas et Mélisande


Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits


Ave Maria

(after Bach's Prelude No. 1, BWV846; version for flute and harp)


Peer Gynt: Morning

Våren, elegiac melody for strings, Op. 34 No. 2

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Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: Adagio


Symphony No. 24 in D major: Adagio


O magnum mysterium


Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)


Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto


Meditation (from Thaïs)

(version for violin and piano)


Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian': Andante con moto


Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488 - Adagio

Ave verum corpus, K618

Divertimento No. 2: Adagio


Lady Radnor's Suite: 5th movement, Slow Minuet




Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3


Piano Concerto in G major: Adagio assai


Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3, P. 172


Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio


Gymnopédie No. 1

(orch. Debussy)


String Quintet in C major, D956 - Adagio


Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Träumerei

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17: Langsam getragen

Vaughan Williams:

The Lark Ascending


The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297: Largo


Capriol Suite: Pieds-en-l'air


Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73: Adagio


Lux aurumque

(and excerpts from Albinoni: Concerto for 2 Oboes in F major, Op. 9, No. 3; Boccherini: Cello Concerto in B flat major; Telemann: Concerto TWV 51:G9 in G major for viola, strings & b.c.; Schubert: Schwanengesang, D. 957; di Lasso: Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera; )

Anthony Camden (oboe), Jeno Jando (piano), Dong-Suk Kang (violin), Maria Kliegel (cello), Idil Biret (piano), Ludovit Kanta (cello), Ladislav Kyselak (viola), Michael Volle (baritone), Ulrich Eisenlohr (piano), Francois-Joel Thiollier (piano), Gerald Garcia (guitar), Takako Nishizaki (violin), Konstantin Scherbakov (piano), Ernst Ottensamer (clarinet), Norbert Kraft (guitar), Judy Loman (harp), Nora Shulman (flute), David Greed (violin), Havard Gimse (piano), Stefan Vladar (piano), Irina Zaritzkaya (piano), Katarina Andreasson (violin), Bjorn Gafvert (harpsichord), Bernd Glemser (piano), Alexandre Tharaud (piano), Francois Chaplin (piano)

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