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Frederick Delius (1862-1934)

Frederick Delius was bornin Bradford into a prosperous wollen mill owning family. He resisted attempts to recruit him to commerce. He was sent to Florida in the United States in 1884 to manage an orange plantation, where he neglected his managerial duties; influenced by African-American music, he began composing. After a brief period of formal musical study in Germany beginning in 1886, he embarked on a full-time career as a composer in Paris and then in nearby Grez-sur-Loing, where he and his wife Jelka lived (except during the First World War) for the rest of their lives. In Delius's native Britain, it was 1907 before his music made regular appearances in concert programmes, after Thomas Beecham took it up. Beecham staged Delius's opera A Village Romeo and Juliet at Covent Garden in 1910 and mounted a six-day Delius festival in London in 1929, as well as making gramophone recordings of many of Delius's works. After 1918 Delius began to suffer the effects of syphilis, contracted during his earlier years in Paris. He became paralysed and blind, but completed some late compositions between 1928 and 1932 with the aid of an amanuensis, Eric Fenby.

As his skills matured, he developed a style uniquely his own, characterised by his individual orchestration and his uses of chromatic harmony. Delius's music has been only intermittently popular, and often subject to critical attacks.

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Delius In a summer garden LSO Anthony Collins
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Delius Paris Song of a Great City LSO Anthony Collins
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Delius In a summer garden LSO Anthony Collins
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delius north country sketches
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1 Autumn
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2 Winter landscapes
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3 Dance
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4 March of spring
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" Beecham’s Delius has even more classic status, as evidenced by this mono recording of North Country Sketches, originally recorded on 78s (Columbia LX1399-41), and sounding every bit of it on LP as I recall, despite Trevor Harvey’s comments to the contrary when the Philips LP was released in 1964. I wouldn’t have recognised the glowing Beulah transfer as the same recording – either the Columbia original was better than the Philips reissue or Barry Coward has worked magic on it, as he so often does. The new reissue makes a welcome supplement to the mono and stereo recordings of Beecham’s Delius included in the recent 6-CD anthology of British music from EMI. An earlier (1945) recording of the Sketches with the LPO features in an all-Delius programme on Somm, but includes Autumn and Winter only, so the Beulah version is all the more welcome. There are too few recordings of this work to ignore either of these Beecham versions and, in any case, his way with Delius is unbeatable. " Brian Wilson at Music Web International
delius piano concerto moiseiwitsch
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1st movement
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2nd and 3rd movements
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delius irelmelin prelude szell
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delius walk to the paradise garden
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song of summer
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delius on hearing the first cuckoo in spring
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delius on hearing the first cuckoo in spring
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delius walk to the paradise garden
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