Friday 28 September 2018
Opera News' Critic's Choice: A Certain Slant of Light
"Delan clearly believes deeply in both the poetry and the music. The album is superbly recorded and engineered; we hear all the orchestral detail, but the voice is never swamped. This is also a tribute to Delan’s naturally radiant timbre and fiercely communicative delivery."
Tilson Thomas’s set of five opens with “The Bible,” which both evokes and parodies the sternness of the Scriptures via “a pedantic Sunday School teacher,” as Tilson Thomas puts it. (Delan’s characterization has the right touch of exaggeration and humor.) “Fame” is a fickle food” lays down a finger-snapping samba-like groove, and Delan makes a delicious meal of it. Tilson Thomas provides an intriguing, unearthly soundscape for “The earth has many keys,” and the last song, “Take All Away From Me,” has an epic conclusiveness that makes a satisfying ending to this grandly varied collection. The Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille sounds magnificent under Lawrence Foster; throughout, it’s Delan’s essential partner.
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Photo by Jean Marie Geijssen