Delius: Songs of Farewell; Late Swallows; A Song before Sunrise; The Walk to the Paradise Garden; La Callnda; Cynara

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COMPOSERS: Delius
LABELS: EMI Eminence
WORKS: Songs of Farewell; Late Swallows; A Song before Sunrise; The Walk to the Paradise Garden; La Callnda; Cynara
PERFORMER: Various orchestras and choirs. Conductors include Malcolm Sargent, John Barbirolli & Charles Groves
CATALOGUE NO: CDEMX 2198 ADD (1962-77)
This imaginative disc, compiled from recordings made over a 17-year period, covers many aspects of Delius’s art. The largest work, the Songs of Farewell, is given in Sargent’s recording (1965), while Cynara, another Fenby collaboration, is beautifully shaped by Groves. The various orchestral works all receive compelling performances, but the gem is King’s College Choir in the two short Songs to be sung of a Summer Night on the Water, which are worth the price of the disc on their own. Terry Barfoot

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