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Cat. No. CHSA 5131 Price: 11.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHSA 5131 - Delius: Delius in Norway
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Available From: 16 December 2013
Delius: Delius in Norway

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.

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                         *** (Good Disc)             **** (Exceptional Sound)

 
Michel Fleury – Classica magazine (France) – April 2014
 

 “… I have thoroughly enjoyed this new, themed issue from Chandos… The Bergen Philharmonic play with élan, Davis clearly knows his Delius and Chandos’s sound is superb. Recommended.”

Guy Rickards – Gramophone magazine – March 2014

 “… superb surround sound. Davis paces this music perfectly, allowing each piece to unfold naturally, and his Norwegian players respond as if to the manner born. Well-known pieces such as Sleigh Ride and Oh Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring are exemplary, while On The Mountains (after Ibsen) and incidental music to political comedy The People’s Parliament make for fascinating listening.”  ****

Guy Weatherall – Classical Music magazine – March 2014   

                      Performance ****       Recording ****
Geoff Brown - BBC Music magazine - March 2014

"...Another winning release in the continuing Andrew Davis Delius collection."
Ian Lace - MusicWeb-International.com - 21 January 2014
  

“… well-conceived and more than decently executed Norwegian anthology.”

Piers Burton-Page – International Record Review – February 2014

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Andrew Clark - The Financial Times - 25/26 January 2014

 

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