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Delius: Florida Suite, Brigg Fair, Paris / Hickox


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 49932   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's a pity that Delius' music is so seldom played; much of it is really fine and distinctive. I suppose the problem at least partly stems from his use of large forces in works with few big climaxes and mostly quiet endings. Certainly the Florida Suite suffers from repetitiveness and an excess of slow music, but it's beautiful, fresh, and attractively scored. If this early work owes its continued existence solely to recordings, both Paris and Brigg Fair are masterpieces, the former an ebullient symphonic poem in the composer's richest, most Straussian vein, and the latter Delius' most popular work of any type.

These performances are generally excellent, that of Paris especially so. While Beecham and Ormandy might be
Read more unbeatable in Brigg Fair, Hickox is still very good at capturing the music's simple eloquence. This "on demand" production from Arkivmusic.com features the original liner notes, making it essentially identical to EMI's initial release. The sonics are a little glassy, in an "early digital" sort of way, but I am very glad to welcome this disc back to the catalog. If you missed it the first time around, don't hesitate now. It makes the perfect introduction to Delius' orchestral music.

--David Hurwitz,ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Florida Suite by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887/1889; Florida, USA 
2.
Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
3.
Paris - Song of a Great City by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 

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