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DELIUS: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Composer(s):Delius, Frederick
Artist(s) Lloyd-Jones, David, Conductor • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557143
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

The ten short orchestral works by Frederick Delius that are performed in chronological order on this recording span the whole of his creative life. They also illustrate the cosmopolitan aspect of his art, his love of the four countries that most inspired him - England, America, Norway and France - and his love of nature in all its bitter-sweet transience. Displaying to the full Delius’ late Romantic mastery of chromatic harmony and orchestration, they constitute a perfect distillation of his very personal kind of genius.


Review By Scott Cantrell,The Dallas Morning News,March 2005

All right, so the pastel prettiness of Frederick Delius' miniature tone poems is a guilty pleasure. But if we're free to luxuriate in Monet's rustles and washes of color, why not their musical counterparts? And with daffodils and redbud abloom all over Dallas, the English composer's gentle-voiced cuckoo is right in time and tune. Conductor David Lloyd-Jones and the Scottish orchestra trace a timeline from the early Marche Caprice (1889) to the aptly titled Fantastic Dance (1934). Winter Night (Sleigh Ride) would fit right into a Delibes ballet score, and the American Rhapsody is cheapened by intrusions of "Dixie" and "Yankee Doodle," but The Walk to the Paradise Garden is sheer enchantment. Loving performances are captured in silken, spacious sonics.

Review By ,Record Geijutsu,October 2004

8.557143_JP_Record Geijutsu_Oct04.pdf


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