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DELIUS, F.: Koanga / Appalachia: Variations / Sea Drift (Aarhus Cathedral Choir, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Choir and Orchestra, Holten)

Composer(s):Delius, Frederick
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SecularOpera
Catalogue DACOCD732
Label Danacord
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Ian Lace,MusicWeb International,April 2013

Bo Holten gives a beautifully-shaped and sensitive reading of Appalachia commencing with a wondrous scene-setting as the brass echo back and forth across the sound-stage and misty strings, horns and harp shape a sultry landscape along the river. The quickening tempo ushers in the melody of the slave song first hinted at on strumming strings imitative of banjos and then in a majestic sweep conjuring up a vision of the mighty Mississippi. After this comes the statement of the theme proper first on cor anglais and then transferred to the minor key for the first variation on horn. This is followed by nine other variations in a variety of moods of joy, of reflection and almost unbearable poignancy. Holten’s sensitivity to them all never slackens and how instinctively and

Another fine addition to Holten’s growing Delius discography. Holten’s Appalachia is glorious… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review


Review By Edward Greenfield,Gramophone,April 2013

This is the fifth and last of Danacord’s fine series of ‘Delius Masterworks’…this is in many ways the most attractive of the whole series.



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