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Posted August 5, 2013
Everybody is entitled to an extravagant 40th anniversary party. After all, 40 years is a significant milestone whichever way you cut it. Delos has much to celebrate. Over the years they have amassed a prestigious catalog remarkable for its musical and sonic excellence. Along the way, they have championed many deserving artists, too many to enumerate here. Spearheaded by the zeal of founder, Amelia Haygood, later tapping the formidable technical expertise of sound engineer, John Eargle, Delos quickly ascended to the top tier of creative, independent labels based in the U.S.A. This 3 disc survey is laid out as follows: Disc 1 is devoted to orchestral literature; Disc 2 is comprised of operatic and vocal material; Disc 3 features instrumental and choral selections. There is much to savor here. While one can question the inclusion of individual tracks, on balance the variety and quality result in a rewarding listening experience. The substantial liner notes, brimming with interesting technical and anecdotal details is a further enticement. Suggested track samples: Disc 1= #4 Khachaturian #6 Hanson #8 Hovanhess Disc 2= #2 Leoncavallo #6 Villa-Lobos #10 Copland Disc 3= #4 Mozart #5 Griffes #10 Durufle.