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Delius Meets Jelka Rosen

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Frederick Delius.

Celebrating the 150th year since the composer's birth, Donald Macleod is joined by the violinist Tasmin Little, and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, to discuss the life and music of Frederick Delius.

Delius was enjoying life greatly in the 1890s. Whether visiting the odd Parisian brothel, or partaking in the odd séance, his music at this time displays a youth and vitality, such as the Violin Sonata in B. Tasmin Little and Julian Lloyd Webber discuss the importance of remembering what Delius was like as a young and attractive man, and also the mystery surrounding Delius's brief return to Florida to possibly seek out his illegitimate son.

The influence of Paris, the city of lights, can be heard in Delius's music, such as the orchestral work Paris. His songs set to French words by Verlaine, such as Il pleure dans mon Coeur, had even Delius's supporter Grieg complaining that it was too erotic. It was in Paris that Delius would contract syphilis, and in the song, Through Long Long Years arranged for cello and piano, Julain Lloyd Webber argues his belief that Delius knew by this stage that he'd caught the disease. Another significant event for Delius during these years, was meeting the artist Jelka Rosen, who would eventually become his wife.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Frederick Delius

    Sonata in B major Op.posth for violin and piano

    Performer: Piers LANE - Piano Performer: Tasmin LITTLE - Violin

    • CONIFER.
    • 75605-51315-2.
  • Frederick Delius

    2 Songs (Verlaine) RT.16 for voice and piano

    Performer: Piers LANE - Piano Performer: Yvonne KENNY - Soprano

    • Hyperion.
    • CDA67594.
  • Frederick Delius

    La Calinda - concert version, ed. Fenby for orchestra [no chorus] [from 'Koanga']

    Conductor: Neville MARRINER Performer: Academy Of St Martin In The Fields

    • London.
    • 4213902.
  • Frederick Delius

    7 Danish songs RT.3.4 [1897] vers. for voice and piano

    Performer: John LENEHAN - Piano Performer: Julian LLOYD WEBBER - Cello

    • NAXOS.
    • 8572902.
  • Frederick Delius

    Paris - the song of a great city RT.6.14 for orchestra

    Conductor: Richard HICKOX Performer: Bournemouth S O

    • EMI.
    • CDC7499322.
  • Frederick Delius

    A Village Romeo and Juliet - lyric drama in 6 pictures RT.1.6

    Conductor: Charles MACKERRAS Performer: Arthur DAVIES - Tenor Performer: David MCSHANE - Baritone Performer: Helen FIELD - Soprano Performer: Vincent PIRILLO - Tenor Performer: Arnold Schoenberg Choir Performer: Austrian R S O

    • ARGO.
    • 430 275-2.

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