Delius: Appalachia, The Song of the High Hills

Delius

Appalachia, The Song of the High Hills

Andrew Davis

(Chandos)

Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of Delius’s birth, but don’t expect a splurge of recognition. His music remains defiantly out of fashion, despite the work of the Delius Trust and a select group of conductors who take the trouble to understand his spaced-out textures and melodic arguments.

With the excellent BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Davis uncovers original turns of phrase in Appalachia, Delius’s heat-haze of variations inspired by the Mississippi swamps. Here, as in the austere choral-symphonic Song of the High Hills, Davis conjures an authentic Delian atmosphere – and brings joy to the heart.

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