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Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet & Songs of Sunset (The Beecham Collection)

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An inspired and moving performance V R & J broadcast on BBC Third Programme on 23rd April 1948. Also included “Songs of Sunset” (with Haley/Henderson) from 1934 Leeds Festival, complete for the first time.

SIR THOMAS BEECHAM, Bart., C.H.
BBC Theatre Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
London Select Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
René Soames – tenor
Vera Terry – soprano
Gordon Clinton – baritone
Olga Haley – soprano
Roy Henderson – baritone

“The only currently available recording, outshining even Beecham’s own EMI version” – Gramophone, December 2001

Released in collaboration with the Sir Thomas Beecham Trust in support of the Scholarship Fund.

On This Recording

  1. A Village Romeo and Juliet: Scene 1 A piece of land on a hill
  2. A Village Romeo and Juliet: Scene 2 Outside Marti’s house: Lento
  3. A Village Romeo and Juliet: Scene 3 The Wildland: Poco meno
  4. A Village Romeo and Juliet: Scene 4 Interior of Marti’s house: Part I
  5. A Village Romeo and Juliet: Scene 4 Interior of Marti’s house: The Dream of Sali and Vrenchen
  6. A Village Romeo and Juliet: Scene 5 The Fair
  7. A Village Romeo and Juliet: Scene 5 The Fair: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
  8. A Village Romeo and Juliet: Scene 6 The Paradise Garden
  9. Songs of Sunset: No. 1. A song of the setting sun! (Chorus)
  10. Songs of Sunset: No. 2. Cease smiling, Dear! a little while be sad (Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone)
  11. Songs of Sunset: No. 3. Pale amber sunlight fails (Chorus)
  12. Songs of Sunset: No. 4. Exceeding sorrow consumeth my sad heart! (Mezzo-Soprano)
  13. Songs of Sunset: No. 5. By the sad waters of separation (Baritone)
  14. Songs of Sunset: No. 6. See how the trees and osiers lithe (Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Chorus)
  15. Songs of Sunset: No. 7. I was not sorrowful, I could not weep (Baritone)
  16. Songs of Sunset: No. 8. They are not long, the weeping and the laughter (Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Chorus)