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Delius first visited Norway when he was 19. He loved its landscape and had many Norwegian friends, notably Grieg. This inspired a string of orchestral and vocal works, including the popular Sleigh Ride, the sublime On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, the early symphonic poem Paa Vidderne (On the Mountains) and Eventyr, a soundscape that includes two shouts from an offstage male chorus.

The most valuable numbers here are Two Songs from the Norwegian, hauntingly sung by Ann-Helen Moen. The omission of Song of the High Hills, the largest of Delius’s Norwegian-inspired compositions, is hard to explain.

Delius in Norway

Eventyr, Two Songs from the Norwegian etc

Bergen Philharmonic/Andrew Davis

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