Frederick Delius’s Brigg Fair (1907) is a set of variations for large orchestra based on the folksong ‘Unto Brigg Fair’. Delius heard the latter arranged for solo tenor and choir by his friend, the composer Percy Grainger, who himself had heard the song performed by Joseph Taylor in the town of Brigg, Lincolnshire, in 1906. The eminent conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham, was an enthusiast for Delius’s music, performing and recording much of it and later acting as the editor of the collected edition of the composer’s works.
This recording was made for Columbia in 1928 as part of a concerted programme of recording Delius’s major works that Beecham undertook at the time. According to Eric Fenby, this recording was heard by the composer himself, who remarked “That is how I want my music played.” It was re-released by EMI in 1990.
- Delius: Brigg Fair (recording)
- 1928. Re-released by EMI in 1990
- Sound recording
- Frederick Delius, Thomas Beecham
- © Warner Classics
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© Warner Classics.
EMI Beecham Collection, Beecham 3. Extract used under fair dealing copyright exception.
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- Article by:
- Joanna Bullivant
- Musical style, Performance and reception
Joanna Bullivant explores how Delius’s compositions were brought to life by various interpreters. Did he give his performers enough information and how important are the contributions made by the famous musicians with whom he worked?