<< -- 3 -- Robert Anderson DELIAN SUBTLETY
The finest music I have kept till last. A Mass of Life, so much
admired by Elgar, culled from Also sprach Zarathustra words by Nietzsche
that probably had no special inspiration for Adolf Hitler. The first chorus
of Part 2 opens with a blazing vitality similar to that beginning the work.
The next chorus must be content with 'la, la' in alternation with 'ha, ha'.
The orchestral introduction, though, bridges the gulf between the infinite
depth of the world's understanding and the divine delirium of the dance
[listen -- track 1, 3:01-4:23].
Copyright © 5 March 2003
Robert Anderson, London, UK
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Delius: Arabesk; Songs of Sunset
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Nancy Evans, soprano; Olga Haley, soprano; Dora Labbette, soprano; Roy Henderson, baritone; Redvers Llewellyn, baritone; London Select Choir; BBC Chorus; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor and piano
A Mass of Life - Prelude to part 2, No 3; An Arabesk; Songs of Sunset parts 1-7; Songs of Sunset part 8; Songs: Whither; The Violet; I Brasil; Klein Venevil; Le Ciel est par-dessus le toit; The Violet; Irmelin Rose; Twilight Fancies; Cradle Song; The Nightingale