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Delius and Eric Fenby

Donald Macleod focuses on some of Delius's final works, some of which were completed with the help of fellow composer Eric Fenby.

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.

With the First World War now over, Delius was keen to promote a number of concerts of his music in England. Many of his works were included in these concerts, including the two wordless vocal miniatures for unaccompanied choir, To be sung of a Summer Night on the Water. Delius was now becoming popular, not least of all with 281 performances of his music for the play Hassan.

Delius also turned his attention to another concerto, this time for Cello, which guest Julian Lloyd Webber has recorded using the same instrument which premiered the work. This concerto was one of the last works Delius was able to complete unaided. Guest Tasmin Little also discusses the final violin sonata, a work which was completed with the help of Eric Fenby, and chats about whether this music is true Delius or not?

1 hour

Last on

Fri 13 Apr 2012 18:30

Music Played

  • Frederick Delius

    2 Songs for children for voice/unison voices and piano

    Performer: Mark STONE - Baritone Performer: Stephen BARLOW - Piano

    • Stone Records.
    • 50601-92780062.
  • Frederick Delius

    To be sung of a summer night on the water RT.4.5 for chorus [textless]

    Conductor: Philip LEDGER Performer: Robert TEAR - Tenor Performer: King's College Cambridge Choir

    • EMI.
    • 7645692.
  • Frederick Delius

    Concerto RT.7.7 for cello and orchestra

    Conductor: Vernon HANDLEY Performer: Julian LLOYD WEBBER - Cello Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra

    • BMG.
    • 74321841122.
  • Frederick Delius

    Hassan - incidental music RT.1.9 [for the play by J Elroy Flecker]

    Conductor: Vernon HANDLEY Performer: Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir Performer: Bournemouth Sinfonietta.

    • EMI.
    • CDEMX-2207.
  • Frederick Delius

    Sonata no. 3 RT.8.10 for violin and piano

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

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

    Sleigh ride (Winter night) RT.6.7 for orchestra

    Conductor: Richard HICKOX Performer: Northern Sinfonia.

    • EMI.
    • 747-6102.

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