Grainger: Folk Music

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Grainger: Folk Music



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7th April 2017




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Grainger: Folk Music


Bold William Taylor

Six Dukes Went a-Fishin'

Knight & Shepherd's Daughter

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

The Pretty Maid milkin' her Cow

The Sprig of Thyme

The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol

The Twa Corbies

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Died for Love

The Power of Love

Walking Tune

Willow Willow

Early One Morning

One More Day, My John

Hard-Hearted Barb'ra (H)Ellen

Country Gardens

Claire Booth (soprano), Christopher Glynn (piano)



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Soprano Claire Booth and pianist Christopher Glynn explore the fascinating and multifaceted folk song output of the original and inventive composer Percy Grainger.

Percy Grainger was an extraordinary human being and musician - a precocious pianist, colourful composer and world traveller, a peculiarly passionate and emotive eccentric whose fertile mind produced an expansive oeuvre of original and inventive works. Above all Grainger is best known for his most enduring musical endeavour, his exploration and dissemination of folk music. With this release, soprano Claire Booth and pianist Christopher Glynn, who have spent decades delving into Grainger's folk music output, document their fascination with the multifaceted firebrand, and bring his alluring music to a wider audience.

Grainger's success resulted in multiple versions of his folk song settings, for orchestra, wind band, chamber ensemble and choir. But it's perhaps his versions for voice and piano that are the most characteristic, bringing out Grainger's own highly individual style at the keyboard. Claire's and Christopher's survey, one of the most comprehensive available on the market today, offers a variety of transcriptions of songs found in collections from the British Isles as well as discoveries Grainger heard as he roamed throughout the field. The album concludes with Grainger's most celebrated piece, English Country Gardens, in which Claire makes a cameo appearance on piano, joining Christopher in a rousing duet.

Percy Grainger: Bold William Taylor

Bold William Taylor

Percy Grainger: Six Dukes Went Afishin’

Six Dukes Went Afishin’

Percy Grainger: Knight and Shepherd’s Daughter

Knight and Shepherd’s Daughter

Percy Grainger: Lord Maxwell’s Goodnight

Lord Maxwell’s Goodnight

Percy Grainger: My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

Percy Grainger: The Pretty Maid Milkin’ Her Cow

The Pretty Maid Milkin’ Her Cow

Percy Grainger: The Sprig of Thyme

The Sprig of Thyme

Percy Grainger: The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol

The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol

Percy Grainger: The Twa Corbies

The Twa Corbies

Percy Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry

Irish Tune from County Derry

Percy Grainger: Died for Love

Died for Love

Percy Grainger: The Power of Love

The Power of Love

Percy Grainger: Walking Tune

Walking Tune

Percy Grainger: Willow Willow

Willow Willow

Percy Grainger: Early One Morning

Early One Morning

Percy Grainger: One More Day, My John

One More Day, My John

Percy Grainger: Hard Hearted Barb’ra (H)Ellen

Hard Hearted Barb’ra (H)Ellen

Percy Grainger: Country Gardens

Country Gardens

BBC Music Magazine

July 2017


“Claire Booth and Christopher Glynn have nurtured a love of Grainger’s folk song transcriptions and re-compositions since university days 20 years ago. Now the love has exploded onto this CD, a cunning arrangement of 11 vocal and seven instrumental tracks throbbing with Grainger’s idiosyncratic genius for creating miniature masterpieces of human anguish and delight”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

April 2017

“The clear-voiced British soprano captures the wit and whimsy of the Australian-born maverick to perfection, despatching the folk-song settings with unaffected simplicity before joining her accompanist at the keyboard for the piano duet version of Grainger's best-known arrangement, Country Gardens.”

The Guardian

26th April 2017


“Booth and Glynn beautifully manage the contrasts between simplicity and immense sophistication that all these songs regularly provide; it makes a really engaging sequence.”

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