Delius in Norway | Chandos CHSA5131

Delius in Norway

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5131

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 6th January 2014

Contents

Artists

Ann Helen Moen (soprano)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Davis

Works

Delius, Frederick

Eventyr 'Once upon a Time'
Folkeraadet (The Council of the People): Incidental music
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Paa Vidderne (On the mountains): tone poem
Sleigh Ride
Songs (7) from the Norwegian
» no.3 Twilight Fancies
» no.7 The Bird's Story

Grieg, Edvard

Pictures from Life in the Country (3), op.19
» no.2 Brudefolget drar forbi (Wedding Procession) (orch. Delius)

Artists

Ann Helen Moen (soprano)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Davis

About

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 countryís landscape and culture, many bearing the influence of Deliusís 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 Deliusís most popular miniature. The Norwegian Suite was commissioned as incidental music to the satirical play Folkeraadet. Deliusís 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 ĎTales of Adventureí, 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 Deliusís 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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