℗ 2012 Chandos
 

Delius: Piano Concerto (Original Version) - Paris - Idylle Printemps - Brigg Fair

Howard Shelley, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

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Brigg Fair (An English Rhapsody)  
1
Slow. Pastoral – With easy movement – With livelier expression – Becoming gradually softer –
Frederick Delius; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:02
2
Quarter Note = 60 [Slow. Pastoral] – Più mosso –
Frederick Delius; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
5:22
3
Slow, with solemnity – Maestoso –
Frederick Delius; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:30
4
Gaily. Più vivo – Poco più vivo – Maestoso (very broadly) – Very quietly
Frederick Delius; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:03
Piano Concerto in C Minor (Early version in three movements)  
5
I. Allegro ma non troppo
Frederick Delius; Howard Shelley; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
11:04
6
II. Largo – Più lento – Con anima – Poco più lento – Tempo I
Frederick Delius; Howard Shelley; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
6:57
7
III. Maestoso con moto moderato – Molto tranquillo – Maestoso con moto moderato – A tempo molto tranquillo – Cadenza ad libitum, quasi una improvisazione. Lento – Passionato, più mosso – Meno mosso
Frederick Delius; Howard Shelley; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
11:55
Idylle de Printemps  
8
Allegretto – Meno mosso – Andante semplice – Poco più mosso – Più lento e molto tranquillo – Più mosso – Più tranquillo e poco più lento – Più lento – Tranquillo, poco più vivo – Andante semplice, quasi Allegretto – Meno mosso
Frederick Delius; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
10:18
Paris (The Song of a Great City)  
9
Adagio –
Frederick Delius; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:44
10
Vivace – Adagio con espressione – Con grazia –
Frederick Delius; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:16
11
Molto adagio – Allegretto grazioso – Tempo di marcia – Molto lento –
Frederick Delius; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:18
12
Adagio molto – Vivace grazioso – Molto tranquillo – Tempo I
Frederick Delius; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Andrew Davis
6:22
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    74:51
"... all three performances do full justice to Delius’s gorgeous lyrical outpouring ..."
- American Record Guide

"... Sir Andrew 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 ... there’s splendid playing throughout from the RSNO."
- BBC Music Magazine

Of the works performed on this album by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under prominent Delius interpreter Sir Andrew Davis, the first three (Paris, the Piano Concerto and Idylle Printemps) offer a fascinating insight into the early years of the development of Delius as a composer, as he slowly and painstakingly honed, all the while assuming the characteristic personal voice that would become evident in his later and more mature works such as Brigg Fair.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, 20-22 December 2011
Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon
Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens
Assistant engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Editor: Jonathan Cooper
Front cover: ‘Golden Hour: Pont Alexandre, Paris’, photograph © Stéphanie Benjamin / Getty Images
Back cover: Photograph of Sir Andrew Davis by Dario Acosta
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative
Booklet editor : Finn S. Gundersen
Publishers: Universal Edition (Brigg Fair, Paris), Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd (Piano Concerto, Idylle de printemps)

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