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Delius: Sea Drift, Songs Of Sunset, Etc / Hickox, Terfel


Release Date: 03/15/1994 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9214   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frederick Delius
Performer:  Bryn TerfelSally Burgess
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraBournemouth Sinfonietta ChorusWaynflete Singers,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

5 out of 5 stars for Performance and Sound!

This disc was an award-winner when it first appeared in 1993, and rightly so. These are among Delius’s finest and most consistent works, and Hickox directs them with an authority and atmosphere that recalls Beecham or Barbirolli. Bryn Terfel, as soloist in Sea Drift, contributes one of the finest and most deeply-felt performances of his now extensive discography, and this is one of the most restrainedly expressive interpretations this outpouring of wild pathos has received on disc. Throughout the three works the choirs are ideally responsive to the beauty of the poetry, coming into their own in the late Songs of Farewell. If Songs of Sunset doesn’t quite efface the memory of
Read more Charles Groves’s 1968 account with Janet Baker and John Shirley-Quirk, this is still a splendid account of a subtle work that offers far more than mere fin-de-siècle languor. Altogether a notable release which it’s a pleasure to welcome back to currency.

-- Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Sea Drift by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta Chorus,  Waynflete Singers  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1904; France 
Language: English 
2. Songs of Farewell by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Waynflete Singers,  Southern Voices  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
Language: English 
3. Songs of Sunset by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Sally Burgess (Mezzo Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Waynflete Singers,  Southern Voices  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; France 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Sea Drift
Songs of Farewell: No. 1. How sweet the silent backward tracings! (Double Chorus)
Songs of Farewell: No. 2. I stand as on some mighty eagle's beak (Chorus)
Songs of Farewell: No. 3. Passage to you! O secret of the earth and sky! (Chorus)
Songs of Farewell: No. 4. Joy, shipmate, joy! (Double Chorus)
Songs of Farewell: No. 6. Now finale to the shore (Chorus)
Songs of Sunset: No. 1. A song of the setting sun! (Chorus)
Songs of Sunset: No. 2. Cease smiling, Dear! a little while be sad (Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone)
Songs of Sunset: No. 3. Pale amber sunlight fails (Chorus)
Songs of Sunset: No. 4. Exceeding sorrow consumeth my sad heart! (Mezzo-Soprano)
Songs of Sunset: No. 5. By the sad waters of separation (Baritone)
Songs of Sunset: No. 6. See how the trees and osiers lithe (Chorus)
Songs of Sunset: No. 7. I was not sorrowful, I could not weep (Baritone)
Songs of Sunset: No. 8. They are not long, the weeping and the laughter (Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Chorus)

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