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ClassicsOnline Home » DELIUS, F.: Mass of Life (A) / Prelude and Idyll (J. Watson, Wyn-Rogers, A. Kennedy, Opie, Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill)



DELIUS, F.: Mass of Life (A) / Prelude and Idyll (J. Watson, Wyn-Rogers, A. Kennedy, Opie, Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill)

Composer(s)Delius, Frederick
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SecularOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572861-62
Label Naxos
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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

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DELIUS, F.: Mass of Life (A) / Prelude and Idyll (J. Watson, Wyn-Rogers, A. Kennedy, Opie, Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill) 1:58:19   
DISC 1
  A Mass of Life          
      Part I: O Du mein Wille! (Chorus) 5:27       
      Part I: Erhebt eure Herzen (Baritone) 2:02       
      Part I: In dein Auge schaute ich jungst (Chorus, Tenor, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone) 13:50       
      Part I: Wehe mir! (Baritone, Chorus) 2:39       
      Part I: Nacht ist es (Chorus, Baritone) 8:47       
      Part II: Auf den Bergen - 5:36       
      Part II: Herauf! nun herauf (Chorus, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor) 4:21       
      Part II: Susse Leier! (Baritone) 4:49       
DISC 2
  A Mass of Life          
      Part II: Lento - La la la (Chorus) - Lasst vom Tanze nicht ab (Baritone, Chorus) 18:28       
      Part II: Heisser Mittag schlaft (Chorus, Baritone, Mezzo-Soprano, Soprano, Tenor) 14:37       
      Part II: Gottes Weh ist tiefer (Baritone, Chorus) 4:32       
      Part II: Kommt! Lasst uns jetzo wandeln! (Chorus, Baritone, Tenor, Mezzo-Soprano, Soprano) 13:16       
  Prelude and Idyll          
      Prelude - 3:18       
      Idyll: Once I passed through a populous city (Baritone, Soprano) 16:37       
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