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DELIUS, F.: Appalachia / Sea Drift (arr. T. Beecham) (Williams, Tampa Bay Master Chorale, Florida Orchestra, S. Sanderling)

Composer(s):Delius, Frederick
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Secular
Catalogue 8.572764
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 7.99

USD 6.99


Appalachia (a native American word for North America) is a set of variations based on a slave song about the tragedy of the cotton planters ‘being sold down the river’. Delius heard the song when teaching the violin in Virginia, but the primary inspiration was his formative experience of the semi-tropical beauty of Florida’s Solano Grove where he had managed an orange plantation. In Sea Drift Delius absorbed a further American influence in the nature mysticism of Walt Whitman. The symphonic poem, one of his greatest works, is a song of love and death in which the baritone soloist is both a participant in the drama and offers a commentary upon it.


Review By Jean-Charles Hoffelé,Diapason,


Review By PS,PlatoMania,November 2012

Frederick Delius verhuisde naar de Verenigde Staten om vervolgens via Duitsland en Engeland in Frankrijk te belanden. Uit zijn Amerikaanse periode stammen deze twee werken. Centraal thema in beide werken is scheiding. Appalachia, dat in de titel verwijst naar heel Noord-Amerika, is gebaseerd op de muziek van een negrospiritual. Sea Drift is de muzikale vertolking van een gedicht van Walt Whitman. Delius’ mystieke klanken worden door de Amerikaanse uitvoerenden fraai neergezet. Het koor geeft kleur aan de weemoed en het (onvervulde) verlangen. De bariton Leon Williams is een uitstekende zanger/verteller. © 2012 PlatoMania

Review By John Fleming,Tampa Bay Times,September 2012

In the wrong hands, Appalachia could have a tendency to sprawl and lose shape, but Sanderling paces the performance well. There is an elegaic, romantic atmosphere to the music…Numerous deft little solos dot the work, with English horn, harp, French horn, violin and trumpet among the most prominent, and the Naxos recording brings out the details nicely.

Williams and the Master Chorale come to the fore in Sea Drift, which many regard as Delius’ crowning achievement. A setting of a section of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, it is a challenging sing…the baritone brings lyrical smoothness and rich sonority to the tricky free verse, and his high notes…are clearly heard.



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