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The British Music Collection - Delius / Mackerras, Webber, Forsberg


Release Date: 04/27/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 473716  
Composer:  Frederick Delius
Performer:  Daniel WashingtonJulian Lloyd WebberBengt Forsberg
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera OrchestraWelsh National Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mackerras’s Delius from Wales is arguably the most fascinating of our age. Rich in variety, it is always distinctively sung and shaped, memorably fresh, freely animated, and at times unexpectedly vital, with climactic moments powerfully and often brassily realized. The lean strings contribute to these impressions, as does Decca’s relatively dry recording (‘forward facing’ horns in the best traditions of the house). So, a closer than usual look into the Delian mysteries, but a proper investigation, not an inspection.

-- John Steane, Gramophone [10/1999]
Mackerras’s Delius from Wales is arguably the most fascinating of our age. Rich in variety, it is always distinctively sung and shaped, memorably fresh, freely animated, and at times unexpectedly vital, with climactic moments powerfully and often brassily realized. The lean strings contribute to these impressions, as does Decca’s relatively dry recording (‘forward facing’ horns in the best traditions of the house). So, a closer than usual look into the Delian mysteries, but a proper investigation, not an inspection.

-- John Steane, Gramophone [10/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Appalachia - American Rhapsody by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Daniel Washington (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: c1995 
2.
Aquarelles (2) by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Irmelin: Prelude by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1892; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Dance Rhapsody no 2 by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5.
Dance Rhapsody no 1 by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 13 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6.
Romance for Cello and Piano by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: c1998 
7.
Over the Hills and Far Away by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1897; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: c1995 
8.
Florida Suite by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887/1889; Florida, USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1990 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 37 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9.
North Country Sketches by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1914; France 
Date of Recording: c1990 

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