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Frederick Delius: Piano Concerto; Paris Nocturne / Howard Shelley, piano; Andrew Davis

> Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody - Theme - Variations 1-6 -
> Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody - Interlude - Variations 7-10 -
> Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody - Variations 11-12 - Transition -
> Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody - Variations 13-17 - Coda
> Piano Concerto in C minor (original version) - I. Allegro non troppo
> Piano Concerto in C minor (original version) - II. Largo
> Piano Concerto in C minor (original version) - III. Tempo primo
> Idylle Printemps - Idylle Printemps
> Paris: The Song of a Great City - Adagio –
> Paris: The Song of a Great City - Vivace – Adagio con espressione – Con grazia –
> Paris: The Song of a Great City - Molto adagio – Allegretto grazioso – Tempo di marcia –
> Paris: The Song of a Great City - Adagio molto – Vivace grazioso – Molto tranquillo – Tempo I

Album Summary

>Delius, Frederick : Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody
>Delius, Frederick : Concerto for Piano in C minor, RT vii/4
>Delius, Frederick : Idylle de printemps, for orchestra, RT vi/5
>Delius, Frederick : Paris
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Of the works performed here by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the prominent Delius interpreter Sir Andrew Davis, the first three - Paris, the Piano Concerto (original 1897 version), and Idylle de printemps - offer a fascinating insight into the early years of the development of Delius as a composer, when he was painstakingly honing his craft.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012
Delius's piano writing isn't that of a natural virtuoso, but here Shelley transforms it with some really sensitive phrasing and an ability to make the patterns of the figuration sound idiomatic...Davis proves himself an instinctive Delian in the way he delineates the shifting moods and colours of Paris and Brigg Fair: these must be among the best current accounts of both works.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
Shelley and Sir Andrew Davis bring rather more in the way of epic ambition and romantic ardour to this likeable music [the Concerto] than do their Hyperion rivals, though at times greater rhythmic snap would not have gone amiss...As for the remainder, Davis makes a lovely job of the early Idylle de printemps.

International Record Review, December 2012
I believe that Andrew Davis is possibly the greatest conductor of this music since Beecham. Davis is so in touch with the unique qualities of Delius's genius as to cause one to stop and reconsider the music...I cannot image any of the works on this eminently desirable disc being better performed than they are here.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
It was an excellent performance and far superior as a recording to this new one. Turning to the Piano Concerto I am pleased to report that Shelley does admirably well in presenting the composer's three-movement, earliest version of the concerto. Shelley does give expressivity its full weight. All three performances do full justice to Delius's gorgeous lyrical outpouring.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, RSNO Centre, Glasgow (12/20/2011-12/22/2011).



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Works Details

>Delius, Frederick : Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, RSNO Centre, Glasgow (12/20/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Delius, Frederick : Concerto for Piano in C minor, RT vii/4
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, RSNO Centre, Glasgow (12/20/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1907

>Delius, Frederick : Idylle de printemps, for orchestra, RT vi/5
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, RSNO Centre, Glasgow (12/20/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Delius, Frederick : Paris :: A Nocturne (The Song of a Great City), for orchestra, RT vi/14
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, RSNO Centre, Glasgow (12/20/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899