Delius: Florida Suite; North Country Skhes; Brigg Fair; Dance Rhapsody No. 1; Dance Rhapsody No. 2

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COMPOSERS: Delius
LABELS: Decca
WORKS: Florida Suite; North Country Skhes; Brigg Fair; Dance Rhapsody No. 1; Dance Rhapsody No. 2
PERFORMER: Welsh National Opera Orchestra/Charles Mackerras
CATALOGUE NO: 460 290-2 Reissue (1990-92)
A valuable collection of best and less well-known Delius.Mackerras’s readings are more sharply focused than most.In La Calinda, from Florida, for instance, one is very aware of the bird-like woodwind pirouetting and twittering which gives the dance an appropriately natural, out-of-doors quality (and Mackerras’s Florida ‘Sunset’ dance is excitingly wild and abandoned, and his tropical ‘Night’, sensuous and fragrant). You feel the crystalline chill of winter and rejoice at Spring’s burgeoning and the bird song in North Country Sketches; but I prefer Barbirolli’s more tenderly romantic view of the ‘Walk to the Paradise Garden’, more sympathetic to the plight of Delius’s characters. Ian Lace

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