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CHAN 5131

Delius: Delius in Norway

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis

Ann-Helen Moen



Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway


Brian Pidgeon


Ralph Couzens

Gunnar Herleif Nilsen


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 77:22
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Norwegian Bridal Procession (1889)

  Orchestration of 'Brudefølget drager forbi', No. 2 from Folkelivsbilleder (Pictures of Norwegian Life), Op. 19 (1869-71) by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)  
  Alla marcia  

Paa Vidderne (1889-91, revised 1892)

  (On the Mountains)  
  Symphonic Poem after Henrick Ibsen's Paa Vidderne  
  Allegro, ma non troppo - Molto tranquillo - Meno mosso; più tranquillo e cantabile -  

Two Songs from the Norwegian (1889, orchestrated 1908)

  Nos 3 and 7 from Seven Songs from the Norwegian (1889-90)  
  for voice and piano  
  Sung in the Norwegian  
3 Prinsessen [The Princess] 3:52
  (Twilight Fancies)  
  Andante tranquillo ed espressivo  
4 En Fuglevise [A Bird Ditty] 3:27
  (The Bird's Story)  
  Allegro vivace - Più lento, Solenne - A tempo - Più lento -  
  A tempo  
 Ann-Helen Moen soprano

Sleigh Ride (1887, orchestrated 1889)

  (Winter Night)  
  No. 2 from Three Small Tone Poems (1889-90)  
  Allegretto con moto - Poco più vivo - Più tranquillo - Andante molto tranquillo -  

Folkeraadet (1897)

  (The People's Parliament)  
  Incidental music to the play by Gunnar Heiberg (1857-1929)  
  Edited by Sir Thomas Beecham and Dr Eric Fenby  
6 I Prelude to Act I. Con moto - Molto tranquillo - Tempo I 3:13
7 II Interlude between Acts I and II. Con spirito - Allargando - 5:31
8 Melodrama in Act II. Molto tranquillo 0:57
9 III Interlude between Acts II and III. Allegro energico - 7:24
10 Melodrama in Act V. [ ] 0:57
11 IV Interlude between Acts IV and V. Marcia, lento solenne - 7:11
  Solenne - Lento - Allegro, ma non troppo - Moderato -  

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (1912)

  No. 1 from Two Pieces for Small Orchestra  
  (Introducing a Norwegian Folksong)  
  Edited by Sir Thomas Beecham  
  For Balfour Gardiner  
  Slow - With easy flowing movement - Very slow  

Eventyr (1915-17)

  [Tales of Adventure]  
  (Once upon a Time)  
  (Ballad after Asbjørnsen's Folklore)  
  Revised and edited by Sir Thomas Beecham  
  For Sir Henry Wood  
  Slow and mysteriously - With easy movement -  
  Un poco più - Molto tranquillo - Poco più animato -  

Sir Andrew Davis and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra perform in this release which celebrates the relationship of Delius with his spiritual home, Norway. It features works inspired by the country’s landscape and culture, many bearing the influence of Delius’s great friend and mentor Edvard Grieg. Delius first performed Sleigh Ride on the piano to a close group of friends, including Grieg. Orchestrated later under the title Winter Night, it went on to become Delius’s most popular miniature. The Norwegian Suite was commissioned as incidental music to the satirical play Folkeraadet. Delius’s clever use of the Norwegian national anthem throughout the score, however skilful, was seen as an insult to national sensibilities and uproar ensued, eventually forcing Delius to withdraw the music. Eventyr, translated as ‘Tales of Adventure’, evokes the spirit of Norwegian folk-tales. Delius applies some of his most imaginative orchestral strokes as he portrays a supernatural world of trolls, giants, demons, and pixies. Despite its brevity, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring is one of Delius’s sublime achievements, a perfect translation of nature and mood into music. Norwegian soprano Ann-Helen Moen joins the orchestral forces in Two Songs from the Norwegian.

 “… 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 - - 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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