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Delius in Norway

Andrew Davis

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It's unlikely that even hardcore Delius fans would suggest this collection as representative of the best the composer had to offer, but by the same token those fans will find an unusual perspective on his work here. Despite the title, Delius did not live in Norway; instead, the notes inform, Norway was his "spiritual home." Even that seems a bit strong, but all the music here has one Norwegian connection or another, and nobody else has put these pieces together in this way. Most of them are early works in a sort of general nationalist style; there are Norwegian folk melodies in several of the pieces, and they're charming even if not really characteristic of what makes Delius unusual. Soprano Ann-Helen Moen gives a lovely performance of the Two Songs from the Norwegian (tracks 3 and 4). The most unusual item, worthwhile for sheer oddity even if it's hard for the uninitiated listener to figure out what's going on, is Folkeraadet (tracks 6-11), a set of incidental music for a satirical Norwegian play by a writer Delius met in Paris. It sounds neither like Delius nor much like anyone else (the lighter side of early Sibelius, maybe), and Delius was apparently encouraged to have fun tinkering with the Norwegian national anthem in its composition. It doesn't fit terribly well with On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, the only example of top-drawer Delius on the album, and one that's included only because of its incidental Norwegian content: it contains a Norwegian folk melody that came Delius' way via Australian composer Percy Grainger. Andrew Davis, leading Norway's Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, remains a sterling Delius interpreter.
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Folkelivsbilleder, Op. 19 (Edvard Grieg)

1
No. 2, Brudefolget drager forbi [Bridal Procession] [Arr. F. Delius for Orchestra]
Andrew Davis
00:03:49

Andrew Davis, Conductor - Frederick Delius, Composer - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

Paa Vidderne (On the Heights) (Frederick Delius)

2
Paa Vidderne (On the Heights)
Andrew Davis
00:14:16

Andrew Davis, Conductor - Frederick Delius, Composer - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

7 Songs From the Norwegian (version for voice and orchestra) (Frederick Delius)

3
No. 3, Evening Voices [Twilight Fancies]
Ann-Helen Moen
00:03:55

Ann-Helen Moen, Associated Performer - Frederick Delius, Composer - Andrew Davis, Conductor - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Lyricist - Henrik Ibsen, Lyricist

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

4
No. 7, The Bird's Story
Ann-Helen Moen
00:03:33

Ann-Helen Moen, Associated Performer - Frederick Delius, Composer - Andrew Davis, Conductor - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Lyricist - Henrik Ibsen, Lyricist

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

3 Small Tone Poems (Frederick Delius)

5
No. 2, Winter Night (Sleigh Ride)
Andrew Davis
00:05:43

Andrew Davis, Conductor - Frederick Delius, Composer - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

Folkeraadet, Norwegian Suite, I. Prelude to Act I (Frederick Delius)

6
Con moto - Molto tranquillo - Tempo I
Andrew Davis
00:03:15

Andrew Davis, Conductor - Frederick Delius, Composer - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

Folkeraadet, Norwegian Suite, II. Interlude Between Acts I-II (Frederick Delius)

7
Con spirito - Allargando - Più tranquillo - Tempo I - Maestoso, più lento - Allargando al fine
Andrew Davis
00:05:34

Andrew Davis, Conductor - Frederick Delius, Composer - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

Folkeraadet, Norwegian Suite, II. Melodrama in Act II (Frederick Delius)

8
Molto tranquillo
Andrew Davis
00:00:59

Andrew Davis, Conductor - Frederick Delius, Composer - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

Folkeraadet, Norwegian Suite, III. Interlude between Acts II-III (Frederick Delius)

9
Allegro energico – Maestoso, più lento – Andante espressivo, molto tranquillo - Con moto - Vivo - Presto - Lento molto tranquillo - Maestoso
Andrew Davis
00:07:28

Andrew Davis, Conductor - Frederick Delius, Composer - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

Folkeraadet, Norwegian Suite, III. Melodrama in Act V (Frederick Delius)

10
Andrew Davis
00:00:59

Andrew Davis, Conductor - Frederick Delius, Composer - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

Folkeraadet, Norwegian Suite, IV. Interlude between Acts IV-V (Frederick Delius)

11
Marcia, lento solenne - Solenne - Lento - Allegro, ma non troppo - Moderato - Allegro moderato con humore
Andrew Davis
00:07:20

Andrew Davis, Conductor - Frederick Delius, Composer - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

2 Pieces for Small Orchestra (Frederick Delius)

12
No. 1, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Andrew Davis
00:06:21

Andrew Davis, Conductor - Frederick Delius, Composer - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

Eventyr, "Once Upon a Time" (Frederick Delius)

13
Eventyr, "Once Upon a Time"
Andrew Davis
00:15:12

Andrew Davis, Conductor - Frederick Delius, Composer - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2014 Chandos (P) 2014 Chandos

Album Description

It's unlikely that even hardcore Delius fans would suggest this collection as representative of the best the composer had to offer, but by the same token those fans will find an unusual perspective on his work here. Despite the title, Delius did not live in Norway; instead, the notes inform, Norway was his "spiritual home." Even that seems a bit strong, but all the music here has one Norwegian connection or another, and nobody else has put these pieces together in this way. Most of them are early works in a sort of general nationalist style; there are Norwegian folk melodies in several of the pieces, and they're charming even if not really characteristic of what makes Delius unusual. Soprano Ann-Helen Moen gives a lovely performance of the Two Songs from the Norwegian (tracks 3 and 4). The most unusual item, worthwhile for sheer oddity even if it's hard for the uninitiated listener to figure out what's going on, is Folkeraadet (tracks 6-11), a set of incidental music for a satirical Norwegian play by a writer Delius met in Paris. It sounds neither like Delius nor much like anyone else (the lighter side of early Sibelius, maybe), and Delius was apparently encouraged to have fun tinkering with the Norwegian national anthem in its composition. It doesn't fit terribly well with On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, the only example of top-drawer Delius on the album, and one that's included only because of its incidental Norwegian content: it contains a Norwegian folk melody that came Delius' way via Australian composer Percy Grainger. Andrew Davis, leading Norway's Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, remains a sterling Delius interpreter.
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