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Delius Seadrift Limited Vinyl 3LP Box Set

by Roy Henderson

Release Date: 05 July 2019

Format: Box Set Vinyl

Label: Decca


Roy Henderson Delius Seadrift Limited Vinyl 3LP Box Set


Recorded on May 29 th 1929 at the Chenil Galleries in Chelsea, Decca’s first release was issued to coincide with the annual Delius Festival in July 1929 . As Andrew Stewart notes in the forthcoming book Decca The Supreme Record Company , Gramophone ran a double page advert in its August edition that year to announce that the ‘Decca Record’ was “now ready”. Roy Henderson’s recording of Delius’s Sea Drift stood as the new company’s classical appetisers. Gramophone ’s founder, Compton Mackenzie, in his editorial for August 1929, congratulated “the Decca Company on their first bulletin, which provides an exceptionally well chosen list”. Roy He nderson’s Sea Drift received special mention.
Recorded by baritone Roy Henderson, the 24 minute piece was Frederick Delius’ setting of Walt Whitman’s poetry to music, creating a shift ing, gentle piece, that has always remained a firm favourite of fans of the composer.
With the latest technology at Abbey Road, we present this historic recording to you twice: a ‘needle drop’ flat transfer of the origin al 1929 recording on the A sides of the 3 discs, and then a cleaned up as much as possible version on the B sides. Both sides will be available to you digitally on a download card
Sea Drift is housed in a beautiful, gold and black embossed 10” circular tin, which replicates the majesty of that early labe l a bust of Beethoven presiding over the bold claim ‘THE
SUPREME RECORD’. Each set has a numbered fact sheet, and the records themselves are protected by die cut foam discs.
90 years later, Sea Drift is a perfect souvenir for the label’s special birthday. Strictly limited, arriving to coincide with th e special celebratory 400 page book for Decca and the label’s return
to its ‘Lost Studio’, it is a special product to cherish.