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Frederick Delius: Appalachia; Sea Drift (arr. Beecham) / Stefan Sanderling

Audio Samples

>Delius, Frederick : Appalachia - American Rhapsody
>Delius, Frederick : Sea Drift, for baritone, chorus & orchestra, RT ii/3

Album Summary

>Delius, Frederick : Appalachia - American Rhapsody
>Delius, Frederick : Sea Drift, for baritone, chorus & orchestra, RT ii/3
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Appalachia (a native American work for North America) is a set of variations based on a slave song about the tragedy of the cotton planters 'being sold down the river'. Delius heard the song when teaching the violin in Virginia, but the primary inspiration was his formative experience of the semi-tropical beauty of Florida's Solano Grove where he has managed an orange plantation. In Sea Drift Delius absorbed a further American influence in the nature mysticism of Walt Whitman. The symphonic poem, one of his greatest works, is a song of love and death in which the baritone soloist is both a participant in the drama and offers a commentary upon it. Since his North American debut at the 1989 Tanglewood Summer Music Festival, conductor Stefan Sanderling has forged a successful career for himself in the United States, serving as Music Director of The Florida Orchestra for 2002-2012, and now holds the positions of Conductor Emeritus and artistic advisor of The Florida Orchestra and principal conductor and artistic advisor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Sea Drift, structured as a more straightforward narrative, fares better under Sanderling's steady direction. Baritone Leon Williams sings with a rich tone and projects a real presence into the music, particularly in his brief solo in Appalachia. I'd rate this release a grade A performance, somewhat let down by B- conducting.

Gramophone
It is fitting that two of Delius's American-inspired works should appear on this recording performed by the Florida Orchestra and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay under the direction of Stefan Sanderling. Sanderling's interpretation of [Appalachia] is sympathetic, especially in the protracted evocation of the dawn. The tempi are well chosen and the handling of Delius's poetic orchestration, not least in its richer Straussian garb, is nicely poised. The chorus also evinces a sense of quasi-informality in its 'free' sound and delivery, ideal for the choral conclusion.

BBC Music Magazine
This fine orchestra has a superb violinist leader... plus serious class in every department, the brass in particular. The choral singing, too, is exemplary in its firm-toned accuracy: Delius's tricky chromatic demands are sailed through with ease... the firepower and up-front honesty of [Leon Williams's] singing do real justice to a great solo part.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA (01/05/2012-01/07/2012).



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Works Details

>Delius, Frederick : Appalachia - American Rhapsody
  • Performer: Leon Williams (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stefan Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Tampa Bay Master Chorale
  • Notes: Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA (01/05/2012-01/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Delius, Frederick : Sea Drift, for baritone, chorus & orchestra, RT ii/3
  • Performer: Leon Williams (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stefan Sanderling
  • Notes: Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA (01/05/2012-01/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1904