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Frederick Delius
Danish Masterworks
Henriette Bonde-Hansen
, soprano
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
The Danish National Opera Chorus
Bo Holten, conductor and chorus master
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 Frederick Delius (1862-1934)

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[ 1 ] En Arabesk (1911)
An Arabesque for baritone, chorus and orchestra
(Jens Peter Jacobsen) (Dedicated to Halfdan Jebe)
12:42
 
  Five Danish Songs
(Orchestrated by Bo Holten)
 
[ 2 ] Pagen højt paa Taarnet sad
The Page sat in the lofty Tower
(Jens Peter Jacobsen)
1:18
[ 3 ] Vi lo jo for saa længe
In Bliss we walked with Laughter
(Holger Drachmann)
2:47
[ 4 ] To brune Øjne
Two Brown Eyes
(Hans Christian Andersen)
1:25
[ 5 ] Jeg hører i Natten
I Hear in the Night
(Holger Drachmann)
1:54
[ 6 ] Far, hvor flyver Svanerne hen (1900)
Autumn
(Ludvig Holstein)
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3:36
 
  Seven Danish Songs
(1897)
 
[ 7 ] Silkesko over gylden Læst
Silken Shoes
(Jens Peter Jacobsen)
1:44
[ 8 ] Irmelin Rose
(Jens Peter Jacobsen)
3:33
[ 9 ] Lyse Nætter
Summer Nights
(Holger Drachmann)
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2:49
[10] I Seraillets Have
In the Seraglio Garden
(Jens Peter Jacobsen)
3:32
[11] Løft de klingre Glaspokaler
Wine Roses
(Jens Peter Jacobsen)
2:30
[12] Det bødes der for
Through Long, Long Years
(Jens Peter Jacobsen)
1:51
[13] Lad Vaaren komme
Let Springtime Come
(Jens Peter Jacobsen)
1:57
 
[14] Intermezzo from the opera Fennimore and Gerda (1908/13)
(Preludes to Scenes 10 & 12 arranged 1936 by Eric Fenby)
5:18
 
  Two Danish Songs
(1897)
 
[15] Viol (1900)
The Violet
(Ludvig Holstein)
1:50
[16] Sommer i Gurre (1902/03)
Summer Landscape
(Holger Drachmann)
3:13
 
[17] Sakuntala (1889)
(Holger Drachmann)
4:58
 
[18] Lebenstanz (1899/1912)
Life's Dance
(Holger Drachmann)
13:19
Henriette Bonde-Hansen, soprano [2] - [13]
Johan Reuter, baritone [1], [15] - [17]
The Danish National Opera Chorus and Aarhus Chamber Choir [1]
(Chorus master: Bo Holten)
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Bo Holten, conductor  

Review:
It¹s a wonderful recording, and Bo Holten and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra seem to have got it absolutely right. In fact the orchestra sounds as if it has been playing Delius for years, so completely has it got itself into that very particular idiom. The last of the Five Songs - "Autumn" - is quite marvellously done. So Bo hasn¹t let us down after the first four - rather he¹s surpassed himself in finishing on a splendid high note. As for "Lebenstanz", for me it¹s the finest ever, and it has all the immediacy of a concert performance.
Reuter¹s fine, whilst Bonde-Hansen is out of this world.

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