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Delius * Holst: Delius: Sea Drift

Magazine article Gramophone

Delius * Holst: Delius: Sea Drift

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Delius * Holst [GC] [GP]

Delius Sea Drift (a). Cynara (b) Holst The Hymn of Jesus, Op 37 (c) (ab) Roderick Williams bar Halle (c) Youth Choir, (ac) Choir and Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder

Halid [F] CDHLL7535 (62' * DDD * T/t)

(ac) Recorded live at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, (a) March 17,2011; "March 15, 2012

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Delius's masterwork from Williams, Elder and the Halle

There can be few more raptly compassionate statements in all music than Delius's 1903-04 Whitman setting Sea Drift, and I'm delighted to report that this keenly poetic, at times daringly spacious and shrewdly observant account finds Sir Mark Elder and his combined Halle forces operating at the very top of their game. Both commanding in technique and golden of tone, baritone Roderick Williams makes a worthy successor to such distinguished protagonists as John Noble (EMI), John Shirley-Quirk (Argo), Thomas Hampson (Argo) and Bryn Terfel (Chandos). He may not quite possess Terfel's sublime gift for illuminating the text but his involvement is total; indeed, his heart-rending delivery of the transcendental closing section ('O past! …

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