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Delius: Appalachia / The Song of the High Hills

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Delius: Appalachia / The Song of the High Hills

...rich and evocative
CHSA5088 (Chandos)
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Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Introduction: I. Molto moderato - Tranquillo

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Introduction: I. Molto moderato - Tranquillo

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
03:47 Play $1.70
2
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Introduction: II. Poco piu vivo ma moderato

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Introduction: II. Poco piu vivo ma moderato

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
02:13 Play $1.70
3
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Theme: Andante

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Theme: Andante

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:29 Play $1.70
4
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 1: Un poco piu - Moderato

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 1: Un poco piu - Moderato

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:45 Play $1.70
5
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 2: Piu vivo

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 2: Piu vivo

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
01:00 Play $1.70
6
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 3: Molto moderato - Poco piu mosso - Lento

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 3: Molto moderato - Poco piu mosso - Lento

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
04:09 Play $1.70
7
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 4: Con moto - Un poco piu tranquillo

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 4: Con moto - Un poco piu tranquillo

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:53 Play $1.70
8
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 5: Giocoso: Allegro moderato - Meno mosso: Piu tranquillo

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 5: Giocoso: Allegro moderato - Meno mosso: Piu tranquillo

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
02:42 Play $1.70
9
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 6: Lento e molto tranquillo - Misterioso - Un poco meno

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 6: Lento e molto tranquillo - Misterioso - Un poco meno

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
04:10 Play $1.70
10
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 7: Andante con grazia - Calando

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 7: Andante con grazia - Calando

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
01:38 Play $1.70
11
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 8: Lento sostenuto e tranquillo - Un poco piu - Tempo I

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 8: Lento sostenuto e tranquillo - Un poco piu - Tempo I

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
02:49 Play $1.70
12
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 9: Allegro alla marcia - Adagio

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 9: Allegro alla marcia - Adagio

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
01:42 Play $1.70
13
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 10: Marcia: Molto lento maestoso

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Variation 10: Marcia: Molto lento maestoso

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
01:33 Play $1.70
14
Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Song: L'istesso tempo - Misterioso lento - Lento - Piu mosso

Appalachia: American Rhapsody (arr. T. Beecham) - Song: L'istesso tempo - Misterioso lento - Lento - Piu mosso

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Andrew Rupp
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
07:43 Play $3.40
15
The Song of the High Hills (arr. T. Beecham) - In ruhigem fliessendem Tempo - Tranquillo: Very quietly but not dragging - With vigour

The Song of the High Hills (arr. T. Beecham) - In ruhigem fliessendem Tempo - Tranquillo: Very quietly but not dragging - With vigour

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Christopher Bowen
Olivia Robinson
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
09:27 Play $3.40
16
The Song of the High Hills (arr. T. Beecham) - Very slow (The wide far distance - The great solitude) - Slow and solemnly - Very quietly - Slow and very legato

The Song of the High Hills (arr. T. Beecham) - Very slow (The wide far distance - The great solitude) - Slow and solemnly - Very quietly - Slow and very legato

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Christopher Bowen
Olivia Robinson
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
11:45 Play $5.10
17
The Song of the High Hills (arr. T. Beecham) - Tempo I - Piu mosso ma tranquillo - With exultation (not hurried). Maestoso - Tempo I - Very slow

The Song of the High Hills (arr. T. Beecham) - Tempo I - Piu mosso ma tranquillo - With exultation (not hurried). Maestoso - Tempo I - Very slow

Composer Thomas Beecham
Frederick Delius
Conductor Andrew Davis
Soloist Christopher Bowen
Olivia Robinson
Band BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
07:21 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 64 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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This recording presents two comparatively rarely heard but striking works by Frederick Delius. Both are prime examples of his highly individual and ground-breaking use of voices in predominantly orchestral works.

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‘...an essential purchase...' American Record Guide

‘...The BBC forces and Andrew Davis conjure exactly the rich transcendence Delius would have enjoyed. The Song of the High Hills, suggested by a visit to the mountains of Norway, is performed with equal lustre.' The Observer

‘Davis's magnificent reading of these two masterpieces assures him of the position at the top of the ladder of contemporary Delius interpreters. The opening of Appalachia has seldom sounded so luxuriant, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus play and sing their hearts our for their conductor. Inspired by the mountainous landscape of Norway, The Song of the High Hills is scored for a vast orchestra and wordless chorus and soloists. It remains one of Delius's most extraordinary compositions and is here given an exemplary performance.‘ Choir & Organ


In Appalachia, the sombre mood reflects the fate that overcame many black slaves along the Mississippi River, who were sold by one cotton planter to another, simply uprooted from loved ones, and transported to a different place - the practice is the origin of the expression ‘being sold down the river'. The inspiration for the work came to Delius when he was working on an orange plantation in Florida as a young man, and from across the water in the distance heard the singing of black farm labourers. Many year later, Delius recollected: ‘they showed a truly wonderful sense of musicianship and harmonic resource in the instinctive way in which they treated a melody, and hearing their singing in such romantic surroundings it was then and there that I first felt the urge to express myself in music.'

The inspiration for The Song of the High Hills was the mountains of Norway, which Delius regarded as his spiritual home. In 1911, he started composing the tone poem in which he sought to capture the impression created by a still summer night in the Norwegian mountains. Completed the following year, it is scored for large orchestra and chorus which, as in Appalachia, plays an integral part in the work, although the singing here is entirely wordless. To emphasise their role in providing colour to the texture, the singers were directed to remain seated throughout, and to ‘sing on the vowel only which will produce the richest tone possible'. Delius considered this not only one of his best works, but one of the works in which he had expressed himself most completely.

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