DELIUS Orchestral Music arranged for two pianos - Volume 2. Simon Callaghan, Hiroaki Takenouchi. Somm

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  • Delius Orchestral Music Arranged For Simon Callaghan Hiroaki Takenouchi Somm
  • Delius Orchestral Music Arranged For Simon Callaghan Hiroaki Takenouchi Somm

Frederick Delius
Orchestral Music arranged for two pianos - Volume 2

  • 1. Paris - The Sone of a Great City (arr. Julius Buths)
  • 2. Eventry (once upon a time) (arr. Julius Buths)
  • 3. Fantastic Dance (arr. Ethel Barthlett & Rae Robertson)
  • 4. Summer Night on the River (arr. Philip Heseltine)
  • 5. Song of the High Hills (arr. Percy Grainger)

Simon Callaghan, Hiroaki Takenouchi.

Last year marked the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Frederick Delius and SOMM joined his many admirers in paying tribute to a composer who has a very special place in the history of twentieth-century music. Our first volume of Delius's orchestral music transcribed for two pianos provided us with a fresh and enjoyable slant on Delius's orchestral music which we most of us know and love.

We in England have been jealously possessive of the fact the Delius was born in this country, which would automatically lable him as a "British" composer. In fact Delius had no home as was by nature rootless and a wanderer. He was born in Bradford Yorkshire of naturalised German immigrants and aged 22 he lived and worked for a short which in Jacksonville Florida where he fell in love with negro sprirituals and the sound of negro voices singing in chorus, his first powerful source of inspiration.

Delius was a complete rebel who flouted convention. Although he himself had studied compostion at the Leipsig Conservatory, he held academic respectability in utter comtempt and adapted the technique of compostion to his own ends, relying on instinct and technical knowledge. It no doubt amused him to be described by those who had only a superficial experience of his scores as an amateur or a dilettante but his special brand of genius was recognised by his friends and kindred spirits, Percy Grainger, Philip Heeltine, Julius Buths and Eric Fenby, among others. It was they who expertly arranged some of Delius's orchestral music for two pianos or piano duet.

Vol 1 (SOMMCD0112) marked the beginning of an exciting collaboration between SOMM and the duo team of Simon Callaghan and Hioaki Takenouchi, who have give us these remarkable premiere recordings. Their deeply felt performances do not only transcend the limitations of the instruments, they also allow many more the inner strangds of the orchestral textures to he heard with greater clarity.

Somm SOMMCD0129

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