Delius is so good

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Delius is so good

Delius is so good and not many people know his music. Why do not many people know his music when he is so good. I do not understand. His violin concerto is very good but who knows that. Tintner had done a very good naxos disc. Excellent music but not very much performed is it. Why not.

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It's boring and cheap composed music, that's what it is.

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Delius is one of the unsung heroes of pastoral classic music, there is some lovely pieces to enjoy. Don't let the dinosaurs here tell you otherwise.

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Berthold Auerbach.

Music is the poetry of the air. ~Richter.

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Adrian ears are not attached to his brain.

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Probably because he's either a love/hate composer. I first became interested after seeing the original broadcast of Ken Russel's masterpiece on TV (which follows Fenby's book on life at Grez closely).

He has been fortunate in recordings; I probably have the majority of his recorded output and can't think of a dud performance. Beecham, Barbirolli, Handley and Lloyd Jones have all done him proud with some excellent performances. The 7 CD set from Unicorn (now I think in a bargain boxed set  somewhere) is spot on with performances conducted by Del Mar and Fenby with the latter acompanying Ralph Holmes on Delius's piano bequethed to Fenby.

Holmes's violin concerto recording too is excellent as is Tasmin Little's, a great entusiast, who has I think now recorded it twice, together with a great recording of the violin sonatas with Piers Lane. The Grieg influenced piano concerto written around his time in Norway is for some reason neglected and I prefer the revised version (against some pundits) given a superlative performance by Jean-Rodolphe Kars, Gibson/Lso (Decca).

Then of course there are the  choral works, operas....quite a considerable opus from the early American works through his Scandinavian  period onwards;  his own man and later works completely unique in style.

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Well I must disagree with Adrian, I find Delius much less English than say Elgar or VW or many of the lesser known British composers. Obviously Brigg Fair has an Engish feel being based on an English folk song & I find the First Cuckoo very English too but otherwise I don't think he can be pigeonholed as he didn't easily fit in to any particular style.

There're American spirituals in the Florida Suite, slavery in Koanga; his major choral work A Mass of Life is based on Nietzschian philosophy and is usually sung in German. Fennimore & Gerda is based on a Danish tale with a German libretto, there are Danish songs too as he was fluent in Norwegian & Danish. In a summer garden was based on the garden at Grez sur Loing. Even A Village Romeo & Juliet is based on a Swiss story.  

The Sony transfer of Beecham's Mass of Life includes a spoken eulogy by the conductor at his pompous best.

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As the French aptly put it, he was the most French of the English composers. I believe he was English in his very unique and subtle way of writing music. He was very cosmopolitan, with the richest of experiences from various parts of the world, as very correctly 33lp mentioned, but as Adrian recognises, his music is a great contribution to the establishment of the greatness and individual character of English music.

He wrote some masterpieces, most already mentioned by 33lp. I love also his very unusual but lovely Cello Sonata (in the very recent and bright recording with P. Watkins, on Chandos). The Sea Drift, such an interesting orchestral work. The Cello Concerto with the glorious Du Pre and Sargent (very impressive in the recent SACD Emi transfer). The one of a kind Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, in the very recent and impressive SACD by Chandos, with Tasmin Little and Paul Watkins. And some of his Songs (in the very interesting series of Stone Records).

Parla

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Rich, varied, complex, enriching. I love the music of Delius. The EMI 150th anniversary box set is marvellous.

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I discovered Delius less than a year ago. I can't understand why he's being so neglected either; while he may not have been particularly revolutionary, his music is, well, at best extremely beautiful.

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You may ask the same question for worthy composers such as Sweelinck, Arne, Balakirev, Bridge, Cherubini, Chausson, Czerny, Danzi, Dussek, Hummel, Spohr, even Weber, to mention only very few.

Parla

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I own the 2-disc "Essential Delius" by EMI Classics. I recommend checking out the tracks on that one and see if he's something for you.

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