BEECHAM The Delius Society - Volume One (1934) - PASC016

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BEECHAM The Delius Society - Volume One (1934) - PASC016

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Overview

DELIUS Paris
DELIUS Eventyr
DELIUS Koanga
DELIUS Hassan - serenade
DELIUS To the Queen of my Heart
DELIUS Love's Philosophy

Recorded in 1934
Total duration: 53:51

London Philharmonic Orchestra,
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
London Select Choir
Heddle Nash,
tenor
Gerald Moore,
piano

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When Delius died in 1934 there was little of his music available on record - what could be heard was generally his most recent compositions with little sense of his full artistic personality. In November 1934, Columbia Records in the UK formed The Delius Society, with Sir Thomas Beecham as its Artistic Director, and shortly afterwards released the first of three volumes of recordings.

This first retrospective contained two major single-movement orchestral pieces, Paris and Eventyr, together with the closing scene from the opera Koanga, the Serenade from incidental music Delius wrote in 1920 for James Elroy Flecker's play "Hassan", and two short songs from the 1890s set to words by Shelley.

These excellent recordings could hardly be more contemporary to their composer, and Beecham had long been a powerful advocate of Delius' music. Here we present the Society recordings in precisely the order they were originally issued for perhaps the first time, in a newly remastered edition.

DELIUS Paris (Ein Nachtstück) - The Song o f a Great City (1899)
DELIUS Eventyr ("Once Upon A Time") (1917)
*DELIUS Koanga (Closing Scene) (1895-7)
DELIUS Hassan - serenade

London Philharmonic Orchestra,
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
*London Select Choir



DELIUS To The Queen O f My Heart (No. 3 from "Three Songs, the words by Shelley", 1891)
DELIUS Love’s Philosophy (No. 2 from "Three Songs, the words by Shelley", 1891)

Heddle Nash, tenor
Gerald Moore,
piano

Recorded in 1934
Total duration: 53:51

London Philharmonic Orchestra,
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
London Select Choir

Originally released as Columbia SDX1 - SDX7
Recording dates: (1) 9.4.34, (2) 14.11.34, (3) 4 & 11.12.34, (4) 11.12.34, (5/6) 7.12.34
Matrix numbers: CAX7120-2, CAX7121-5, CAX71`22-1, CAX7123-2, CAX7124-2, CAX7125-1, CAX7356-2, CAX7357-2, CAX7358-2, CAX7359-2, CAX7375-2, CAX7376-5, CAX7377-4, CAX7380-1


Duration 53:51