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Delius: On Hearing The First Cuckoo In Spring, La Calinda, Sea Drift / Marriner, Hickox


Release Date: 08/19/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 440323  
Composer:  Frederick Delius
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerRichard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsRoyal Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Marriner's Delius is pretty assertive and is certainly not of the languid sighing school. A Song before Sunrise is quick and refreshing. It is after all a song before sunrise. In Marriner's case it is just before dawn with the first eruption of life very much in evidence. Listen to those imperious cuckoo calls! La Calinda is light on its feet with the tambourine magically present yet distant. There is a hint of crowded tone at climaxes but some breathtaking trumpetry at 2.02. Marriner is excellent at catching the shiver in this light-footed dance. I was very taken with Marriner's Delius... Sea Drift has substantial parts for choir and soloist. The misty choral tone is perhaps a calculated or inculcated choice but Whitman's words are hazed Read more as well. You can't have everything! The misty delivery helps with some of the most dramatic moments with clearly enunciated words welling up out of the misty backdrop. John Shirley-Quirk, then nearing the end of his recording career, noticeably warms up as the piece progresses, becoming more animated in his portrayal of emotion.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 1, On Hearing the First Cuckoo by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
2.
Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 2, Summer Night on the River by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
3.
Air and Dance by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
4.
Koanga: La Calinda by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1897; Paris, France 
5.
A Village Romeo and Juliet: Walk to the Paradise Garden by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1901; France 
6.
A Song Before Sunrise by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 
7.
Hassan: Intermezzo by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1923; France 
8.
Hassan: Serenade by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1923; France 
9.
Fennimore and Gerda: Intermezzo by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; France 
10.
Sea Drift by Frederick Delius
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1904; France 

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