“… Here there is no need to qualify esteem, as the total identification with this music brought by the excellent Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, pus Davis’s sure grasp of the structure and flow, results in extraordinary performances worthy to stand with the best part from the past, Clearly, Davis and the ensemble love this music. Chandos has preserved these performances with its usual outstanding sound and presentation. It is hard to imagine any collector interested in Delius’s music not being completely won over, and those who have so far resisted the call of these nature-inspired compositions may have trouble doing so after hearing these renditions.”
Ronald E Grames – Fanfare – September/October 2014
*** (Good Disc) **** (Exceptional Sound)
Michel Fleury – Classica magazine (France) – April 2014
“… I have thoroughly enjoyed this new, themed issue from Chandos… The Bergen Philharmonic play with élan, Davis clearly knows his Delius and Chandos’s sound is superb. Recommended.”
Guy Rickards – Gramophone magazine – March 2014
“… superb surround sound. Davis paces this music perfectly, allowing each piece to unfold naturally, and his Norwegian players respond as if to the manner born. Well-known pieces such as Sleigh Ride and Oh Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring are exemplary, while On The Mountains (after Ibsen) and incidental music to political comedy The People’s Parliament make for fascinating listening.” ****
Guy Weatherall – Classical Music magazine – March 2014
Performance **** Recording ****
Geoff Brown - BBC Music magazine - March 2014
"...Another winning release in the continuing Andrew Davis Delius collection."
Ian Lace - MusicWeb-International.com - 21 January 2014
“… well-conceived and more than decently executed Norwegian anthology.”
Piers Burton-Page – International Record Review – February 2014
Andrew Clark - The Financial Times - 25/26 January 2014
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