(reproduction of the performance broadcast on BBC Radio3, on 18th December 1984, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Norman Del Mar.)
Frederick Delius embarked on the composition of a whole series of operas, at a time when he only had around 19 or 20 songs published under his name, and nothing else ; 'Irmelin' was the first, and largest, of these operas, worked on during 1890-92, with the libretto written by himself. The synopsis merges two tales from different countries and epochs : that of Irmelin, the princess who rejects in turn a series of suitors (mediaeval in origin), whilst that of the Princess and the Swineherd is a fairy tale adapted by Hans Christian Andersen.
In this BBC Radio 3 staging, Irmelin is played by Australian soprano, Eilene Hannan, her father The King is played by the baritone Michael Rippon, and tenor John Mitchison plays Nils, a Prince and Swineherd to another character, Rolf.
Side One : Act I - Irmelin's Room in the Royal Castle.
Side Two : 1) Act I (conclusion) 2) Act II Scene 1 - A Swamp in the Forest.
Side Three : 1) Act II Scene 2 - A Hall in Rolf's Stronghold 2) Act II Scene 3 - In the Mountains.
Side Four : Act III Scene 1 - A Hall of the Royal Castle (six months later).
Side Five : Act III Scene 1 (conclusion).
Side Six : Act III Scene 2 - Outside the Royal Castle.
Records graded visually to RRPG grades
(Disc One / Disc Two / Disc Three / booklet / box-outer) EX+ / EX+ / EX+ / EX / EX