DELIUS: BRIGG FAIR; PI­ANO CONCERTO; IDYLLE DE PRIN­TEMPS; PARIS

Howard Shel­ley (pi­ano), Royal Scot­tish Na­tional Or­ches­tra/an­drew Davis Chan­dos CHAN 10742 ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS SHUFFLE - MICHAEL DERVAN

Chan­dos cou­ple ma­ture Delius, the folksy rhap­sody Brigg Fair, with less fa­mil­iar ear­lier pieces. Paris is in Straus­sian mode. The Pi­ano Concerto, fier­ily played by Howard Shel­ley in an early, three-move­ment ver­sion, shows the un­ex­pected in­flu­ences of 19th-cen­tury ro­man­tic pi­ano con­cer­tos – think Grieg and Liszt. The ear­li­est work, the air­ily pas­toral Idylle de prin­temps , was left in the hands of Delius’s great­est ad­vo­cate, the con­duc­tor Thomas Beecham, and the piece had to wait over a cen­tury for its pre­miere in 1995. If you’ve had your ap­petite for Delius whet­ted by the suc­cess of A Vil­lage Romeo and Juliet at the Wex­ford Fes­ti­val, the sym­pa­thetic per­for­mances on this disc fill in the back­ground to that work. url.ie/f1f2

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