Delius: Songs

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DELIUS
Delius: Songs
Yvonne Kenny (soprano) / Piers Lane (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 19 April 2007

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"Yvonne Kenny is, as ever, a scrupulous, sensitive artist, always alive to mood and character. She vividly catches the bardic desolation of Twilight Fancies, the sensuality of In the Garden of the Seraglio and the wayward charm of The Nightingale Has a Lyre of Gold."
(The Daily Telegraph)

Delius's unique compositional language is expressed in these lyrical and beautiful songs. The magical twilit world of the Scandinavian poets is explored in Norwegian and Danish settings admired by Grieg. English songs on Elizabethan texts written in exile during the first world war have a characteristic sense of fading beauty and regret.

'These attractive songs are the music of a passionate young romantic … There are faint echoes of Grieg and Wagner, even, in a group of delicately atmospheric Verlaine settings, and also of Fauré and Chausson. Yet so distinctive was Delius's sinuous harmonic style that even the simplest song could be by no one else … Yvonne Kenny is, as ever, a scrupulous, sensitive artist, always alive to mood and character. She vividly catches the bardic desolation of Twilight Fancies, the sensuality of In the Garden of the Seraglio and the wayward charm of The Nightingale Has a Lyre of Gold. Her poised, soft singing is heard to beautiful effect in the Verlaine songs, and in an exquisite setting of Ben Jonson's So white, so soft, so sweet is she' (The Daily Telegraph)

Tracks:

Seven Songs from the Norwegian
In the Garden of the Seraglio from Seven Danish Songs
Irmelin Rose from Seven Danish Songs
Il pleure dans mon coeur
Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit
La lune blanche
Chanson d'automne
Summer Eve from Five Songs from the Norwegian
Longing from Five Songs from the Norwegian
Sunset from Five Songs from the Norwegian
The nightingale has a lyre of gold
I-Brasîl
Summer Landscape
O schneller, mein Ross
Aus deinen Augen fließen meine Lieder
So white, so soft, so sweet is she from Four Old English Lyrics
To Daffodils from Four Old English Lyrics
Love's Philosophy from Three Shelley Songs
Summer Nights from Seven Danish Songs