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The Delius Collection

The Delius Collection

The Delius CollectionHTGCD700 – 5013993950851

To mark the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Delius, Heritage is thrilled to announce the re-release of ‘The Delius Collection’, a 7 CD slim-line wallet box of benchmark Delius recordings which originally appeared on the Unicorn Kanchana label. At the heart of this set are the recordings made by Eric Fenby and the RPO – interpretations of those works that Fenby took down or edited whilst working with the composer in the capacity of amanuensis. Further recordings from the Delius oeuvre are conducted by two luminaries of English music, Norman Del Mar and Vernon Handley with contributions from Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Sarah Walker, Felicity Lott, Thomas Allen, Julian Lloyd Weber and Ralph Holmes amongst others. Extensive liner notes are provided by Robert Matthew Walker as well as a ‘Foreword’ by Delius and Fenby authority, Stephen Lloyd. Full texts are included.
7 CDs

‘Next to EMI’s lavish 18-disc Delius survey… this is an especially valuable contribution to the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary’
– Classical Recordings Quarterly 2013
 
‘While Fenby’s historic recordings are obviously a major attraction, the inclusion of rarities such as the Legende and the Suite for Violin and Orchestra …….. and the pre-Leipzig Polka Zum Carnival for piano are fascinating for anyone interested in the early development of Delius’s style. The recordings of Paris, Life’s Dance and the problematic Piano Concerto remind us what a fine Delius interpreter Del Mar was. Hence, for any Delius Liebhaber looking for ‘total immersion’ or a novice looking an introduction to this most enthralling of composers, this collection, for all its unevenness, will not fail to provide hours of edifying listening.’
– Gramophone
 
‘The present set, sumptuous in quantity and quality, is quite a coup for Heritage. The price is right and the content is classic……….. This set is very good value indeed. Classic Delius overwhelmingly in fruity early digital sound.’
– Rob Barnett, Music Web
Track Listing

CD 1 – 65.05

  1. Dance Rhapsody No. 1 (Ed. Beecham) 14.47
  2. The Song of the High Hills 29.43
  3. Three Piano Preludes No. 1 2.04
  4. Three Piano Preludes No.2  1.08
  5. Three Piano Preludes No. 3  1.29
  6. Polka – Zum Carnival 2.25
  7. Fantastic Dance 3.54
  8. Dance Rhapsody No. 2 8.57

2 Ambrosian Singers (soloists Maryetta Midgley, Vernon Midgley), 3-6 Eric Parkin, 1 2 7 8 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1 Norman Del Mar, 2 7 8 Eric Fenby

 

CD 2 – 71.03

  1. Irmelin Prelude 5.46
  2. Concerto for Violin 26.12
  3. A Song of Summer  10.13
  4. A Late lark  6.21
  5. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra  21.55

5 Philip Fowke, 2 Ralph Holmes, 4 Anthony Rolfe Johnson, 1-5 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 5 Norman Del Mar, 1 3 4 Eric Fenby, 2 Vernon Handley

 

CD 3 – 72.53

  1. The Walk to the Paradise Garden  11.02
    Songs of Sunset
  2. A Song of the setting sun
  3. Cease smiling, Dear!
  4. Pale amber sunlight
  5. Exceeding sorrow
  6. By the sad waters of separation
  7. See how the trees
  8. I was not sorrowful
  9. They are not long, the weeping and the laughter
  10.  Idyll
  11. La Calinda

2-9, 10 Thomas Allen, 2-9 Ambrosian Singers (Director: John McCarthy), 10 Felicity Lott, 2-9 Sarah Walker, 1-11 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1 Norman Del Mar, 2-11 Eric Fenby

 

CD 4 – 64.48

  1. Cello Sonata 15.18
  2. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 21.08
  3. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 11.52
  4. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3: 1st Movement 5.27
  5. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3: 2nd Movement 3.59
  6. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3: 3rd Movement 6.24

1 Julian Lloyd Webber, 2-6 Ralph Holmes, 1-6 Eric Fenby

 

CD 5 – 73.15

1-9. Orchestral Songs  28.28

10- 25. Scandinavian, French, English Songs with Piano 43.24

Felicity Lott, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Sarah Walker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby.

 

CD 6 – 66.40

  1. Paris – The Song of a Great City (Ed. Beecham)  25.41
  2. An Arabesque  14.47
    Suite for Violin and Orchestra
  3. Pastorale (Andante quasi allegretto)  5.23
  4. Intermezzo (Allegro molto vivace)  3.06
  5. Elegie (Adagio cantabile)  6.02
  6. Finale (Allegro moderato)  4.27
  7. Fennimore and Gerda – Intermezzo   6.35

2 Thomas Allen, 2 Ambrosian Singers, 3-6 Ralph Holmes, 1-7 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1 Norman Del Mar, 2 7 Eric Fenby, 3-6 Vernon Handley

 

CD 7 – 66.43

  1.  Songs of Farewell
    How sweet the silent backward tracings
  2. I stand on some mighty eagle’s back
  3. Passage to you
  4. Joy, shipmate, joy!
  5. Now finale to the shore
  6. Cynara
    Two Aquarelles
  7. Aquarelle I
  8. Aquarelle II
  9. Caprice and Elegy
  10. Legende
  11. Life’s Dance

6 Thomas Allen, 1-5 Ambrosian Singers, 10 Ralph Holmes, 9 Julian Lloyd Webber, 1-11 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 11 Norman Del Mar, 1-9 Eric Fenby, 10 Vernon Handley