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Delius - Norwegian Masterworks / Holten, Bonde-hansen, Et Al


Release Date: 11/01/2002 
Label:  Danacord   Catalog #: 592   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frederick Delius
Performer:  Henriette Bonde-HansenHelle Hoyer HansenJohn Kjoller
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony OrchestraAarhus University Music Student Chamber ChoirHummerkoret,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Each of the works featured on this recording may be seen as responses at particular periods of Delius's life to quite specific Norwegian stimuli. Of two early trips to Norway that Delius made as a young man there remains no first-hand record. They were probably relatively short in duration, made as errant tours while in Sweden on his father's business at the beginning of the 1880s; but they proved sufficient to instill in the youngster a mixture of awe and admiration for the country's scenic splendors and, at the same time, an empathy with so many of the people he met in the course of his travels. In 1887, however, Norway was his sole destination as he set out on a summer vacation that neatly bisected the two student years he was spending Read more at the Leipzig Conservatory. Returning to Leipzig for the autumn semester of 1887, Delius renewed Norwegian friendships including those with Johan Halvorsen and Christian Sinding. Sinding, one of his closest Leipzig friends, introduced him to Nina and Edvard Grieg towards the end of the year. The Griegs had only recently arrived and would stay on well into April the following year, Grieg ostensibly looking to his alma mater and to the town's busy musical life to refresh his ideas on orchestration. A friendship was quickly established, Delius having loved Grieg's music since childhood and when he, Halvorsen and Sinding were invited to spend Christmas Eve with the Grieg's at their lodgings, he brought his latest piano piece along with him, a piece that he quite possibly composed for this occasion called Norwegian Sleigh Ride. Grieg described that unique occasion as " a feast I shall never forget. After the meal we were all, without exception, plastered, but the program had to be kept to and it offered music, music and still more music! What a Christmas Eve! Mr. Delius played a piano piece which he called "Norwegian Sleigh Ride," with great talent." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Eventyr "Once upon a Time" by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; France 
Length: 15 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2. Sleigh Ride by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887-1888; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3. Songs (5) from the Norwegian by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Henriette Bonde-Hansen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Paris, France 
Length: 18 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Bo Holten 
4. Song of the High Hills by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Helle Hoyer Hansen (Soprano), John Kjoller (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra,  Aarhus University Music Student Chamber Choir,  Hummerkoret  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Length: 25 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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