Frederick Delius’s orchestral suite Florida, composed in 1887, was performed only once in his lifetime, at a private run-through in Leipzig. It consists of four movements - ‘Daybreak’, ‘By the River’, ‘Sunset’, ‘At Night’ - each with picturesque titles that anticipate Delius’s later preoccupation with the musical evocation of nature at particular times of day.
This recording is from a BBC London Regional broadcast of a Royal Philharmonic Society concert, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. It is notable as an instance of Beecham’s attempts to revive this early work when it was still unpublished. These efforts notwithstanding, Florida was published only in 1963, almost 30 years after the composer’s death.