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Delius: Double Concerto; Violin Concerto; Cello Concerto / Tasmin Little, violin; Paul Watkins, cello

> Double Concerto - Quietly -
> Double Concerto - With moderate speed -
> Double Concerto - Slowly and quietly -
> Double Concerto - Tempo I -
> Double Concerto - Very quietly
> Violin Concerto - With moderate tempo
> Violin Concerto - Slower -
> Violin Concerto - [Cadenza] -
> Violin Concerto - Tempo I -
> Violin Concerto - Allegretto - Piu moderato -
> Violin Concerto - Broadly
> Cello Concerto - Slow -
> Cello Concerto - Meno mosso -
> Cello Concerto - Slow -
> Cello Concerto - Con moto tranquillo -
> Cello Concerto - With animation -
> Cello Concerto - Rather slower, very quietly -
> Cello Concerto - Quietly

Album Summary

>Delius, Frederick : Concerto for Violin and Cello
>Delius, Frederick : Concerto for Violin RT vii/6
>Delius, Frederick : Concerto for Cello, RT vii/7
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Violin, Double, & Cello Concertos by Delius involving solos string instruments are here brought together on the same disc for the 1st time. Tasmin Little, winner of the Critics' Choice Award at this year's Classic BRIT Awards, is the soloist of the Violin Concerto - a work composed in a single long span, divided into 3 sections in which different moods succeed one another, spontaneous, dreamlike, or fiery. Paul Watkins is soloist in the Cello Concerto - the last work Delius was able to complete in his own hand before experiencing the onset of the devastating effects of syphilis: paralysis & blindness. Little & Watkins join forces in the rarely performed & recorded Double Concerto, which represents Delius at his most inspired: the work is warmly evocative as well as strong and memorable.

"These studio performances, with two committed soloists accompanied by the BBC Symphony under Andrew Davis, do not put a foot wrong. Paul Watkins invigorates the ‘Cello Concerto’; Tasmin Little captures a strain of lyrical introspection in the ‘Violin Concerto’. But the music meanders – the ‘Double Concerto’ especially." -Financial Times

"A magical, sensuous flow is the presiding quality of this superior performance by Little. Watkins is no less captivating in the Cello Concerto, and they are superb together in the Double Concerto, with its heart-easing slow second section." -The Sunday Times

Gramophone Magazine
Not only does she surmount every technical hurdle with ease, her tone remains wonderfully pure and heart-warmingly expressive. Little's partnership wioth Paul Watkins strikes me as an especial success; indeed, theirs is the most tenderly lyrical and raptly spontaneous performance of the Double Concerto to have yet my way... No self-respecting Delian can afford to be without this indispensable issue.

BBC Music Magazine
Little is every bit as persuasively expressive as on her earlier recordings with Charles Mackerras. Paul Watkins provides the partnership you'd expect from such a fine chamber musician in the Double, and copes effortlessly with the problems of the original version of the Cello Concerto. Andrew Davis paces everything magisterially, always allowing enough space at moments of hushed stillness.

The Guardian
If ever a disc was going to make a case for any of these pieces, it's this one. There is wonderfully idiomatic support from Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony, as both Tasmin Little's account of the Violin Concerto and Paul Watkins's of the cello work seize every opportunity to inject incisiveness and dramatic shape into the music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints' Church, Tooting, London (10/13/2010-10/14/2010).



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Works Details

>Delius, Frederick : Concerto for Violin and Cello
  • Performers: Tasmin Little (Violin); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, Tooting, London (10/13/2010-10/14/2010)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Delius, Frederick : Concerto for Violin RT vii/6
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, Tooting, London (10/13/2010-10/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1916

>Delius, Frederick : Concerto for Cello, RT vii/7
  • Performer: Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, Tooting, London (10/13/2010-10/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1921