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DELIUS, F.: Mass of Life (A) / Prelude and Idyll (J. Watson, Wyn-Rogers, A. Kennedy, Opie, Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill)

    
























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DELIUS, F.: Mass of Life (A) / Prelude and Idyll (J. Watson, Wyn-Rogers, A. Kennedy, Opie, Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill)

Long an admirer of Nietzsche’s poetry, Frederick Delius composed A Mass of Life while at the height of his powers, blending passages from Also Sprach Zarathustra into orchestral textures of great expressive depth and striking beauty. Written in his final years, the Prelude and Idyll sourced music from a long discarded opera, transforming a story of lust and vengeance into one which emphasizes the transience of life and love. David Hill’s previous BSO recordings include a “perfectly judged” Dies natalis by Gerald Finzi (The Guardian on 8.570417), while his Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas (8.572424) was described as “thrilling…a great case for a neglected work”. (Classic FM)



Disc 1

Delius, Frederick
Nietzsche, Friedrich, lyricist(s)

  A Mass of Life
1.   Part I: O Du mein Wille! (Chorus) 00:05:27
2.   Part I: Erhebt eure Herzen (Baritone) 00:02:02
3.   Part I: In dein Auge schaute ich jungst (Chorus, Tenor, Soprano, Mezzo - Soprano, Baritone) 00:13:50
4.   Part I: Wehe mir! (Baritone, Chorus) 00:02:39
5.   Part I: Nacht ist es (Chorus, Baritone) 00:08:47
6.   Part II: Auf den Bergen - 00:05:36
7.   Part II: Herauf! nun herauf (Chorus, Soprano, Mezzo - Soprano, Tenor) 00:04:21
8.   Part II: Susse Leier! (Baritone) 00:04:49


Disc 2

Delius, Frederick
Nietzsche, Friedrich, lyricist(s)

  A Mass of Life
1.   Part II: Lento - La la la (Chorus) - Lasst vom Tanze nicht ab (Baritone, Chorus) 00:18:28
2.   Part II: Heisser Mittag schlaft (Chorus, Baritone, Mezzo - Soprano, Soprano, Tenor) 00:14:37
3.   Part II: Gottes Weh ist tiefer (Baritone, Chorus) 00:04:32
4.   Part II: Kommt! Lasst uns jetzo wandeln! (Chorus, Baritone, Tenor, Mezzo - Soprano, Soprano) 00:13:16

Delius, Frederick
Whitman, Walt, lyricist(s)

  Prelude and Idyll
5.   Prelude - 00:03:18
6.   Idyll: Once I passed through a populous city (Baritone, Soprano) 00:16:37

Total Playing Time: 01:58:19






Composer(s):
Delius, Frederick

Lyricist(s):
Nietzsche, Friedrich; Whitman, Walt

Conductor(s):
Hill, David

Orchestra(s):
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Choir(s):
Bach Choir

Artist(s):
Kennedy, Andrew; Opie, Alan; Watson, Janice; Wyn-Rogers, Catherine

Label: Naxos

Genre: Choral - Secular; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.572861-62

Barcode: 747313286171

Physical Release: 06/2012

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