[ Decca Australian SBS Eloquence / CD ]
Release Date: Sunday 20 September 2015
Five substantial pieces of 'classic' Delius are brought together on this remarkable and heartfelt tribute to the English composer (who spent very little of his actual career in England!), Frederick Delius.
These mono recordings with the LSO and Anthony Collins are true Legends and for the Eloquence reissue have been remastered for optimum enjoyment. They represent Decca's earliest recordings of this composer's music - and arguably, the best.
" It was Collins version of The Walk to Paradise Garden and The Song of Summer with which I first discovered Delius. And I guess that it is this sound-scape that I have carried with me in my musical mind ever since: it is my touchstone for all subsequent recordings that I have heard of these pieces. In fact it was not until a wee while after hearing these recordings that I discovered the wonderful Tommy Beecham records. Yet even these did not usurp what I had heard of Collins and the LSO." MusicWeb
Paris - Song of a Great City
In a Summer Garden
Summer night on the river
The Walk to the Paradise Garden
A Song of Summer