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Delius, Frederick (1862-1934)


Delius: Air and Dance
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Delius: Sonata for string orchestra

Delius: Violin Sonata No. 1 in E major
Delius: Violin Sonata No. 2
Delius: Violin Sonata No. 3

Groups & Artists
Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Menuhin, Yehudi

Perhaps the colloquial title "Violin Sonatas" is on this occasion closer to the mark than the more formal "Sonatas for Violin and Piano": for in truth the violin sings for nearly an hour while the piano plays chords or arpeggiated accompaniments. Or so it seems in continuous performance. But what songs the violin sings! No lover of Delius's music needs telling today of their quality; nor does he need telling that Menuhin is beyond doubt one of the men who should be singing them, nor that Fenby, with his unique authority on the matter of what Delius meant, is singularly well placed to accompany them.

And so indeed it proves; there are many golden qualities in these performances, stemming from Menuhin's romantic tone and style, and Fenby's willingness to assume the accompanist's role in the most musicianly of ways. Indeed, if there are any lurking doubts about the total magic of the performances, they might reasonably stem only from consideration whether these particular qualities might be overdone: whether Menuhin's fine-spun line is too continuous, the phrases sometimes too long even in this context; or, again, whether the recorded balance is quite right, whether the piano should be brought up one notch—no more—in the general balance. Altogether more certain than marginal doubts about the balance are the splendid qualities of the recording as a whole: it is clear and most beautifully toned.

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