Grainger: My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

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Grainger: Folk Music

Grainger: Folk Music


Grainger:

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)

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.

“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” BBC Music Magazine, July 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.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 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.” The Guardian, 26th April 2017 ****

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Salute To Percy Grainger

Salute To Percy Grainger


Grainger:

Shepherd's Hey

Willow Willow

I'm seventeen come Sunday

Bold William Taylor

There was a Pig went out to Dig

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

'The Duke of Marlborough' Fanfare

Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow

Scotch Strathspey and Reel

The Pretty Maid milkin' her Cow

The Sprig of Thyme

Lisbon (Dublin Bay)

The Lost Lady Found

Shallow Brown

Molly on the Shore

Shenandoah

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Brigg Fair

Green Bushes

Under A Bridge

Dollar and a Half a Day

The Merry King

Six Dukes Went a-Fishin'

Stormy

The Three Ravens

Died for Love

Country Gardens

The Power of Love

The Hunter in His Career

The Warriors

Philharmonia Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner


Peter Pears (tenor), Anna Reynolds (mezzo-soprano) & John Shirley Quirk (baritone)

Ambrosian Singers, Wandsworth Boys’ Choir & Linden Singers, Benjamin Britten & Steuart Bedford

Recording locations: ‘The Maltings’ Concert Hall, Snape, UK, December 1968 (CD 1: 1-14), November 1972 (CD 1: 15-19, CD 2: 1-3, 5-7, 9-10), March 1976 (CD 2: 4); unknown location, May 1927 (CD1: 8); All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, UK, February 1994 (The Warriors)

A composer with an extraordinary ear for sonority, original in his outlook, sometimes misunderstood, now revered, Percy Grainger is one of Australia’s most unique sons, and, in the words of Sir Peter Pears, one of its “most independent and single-minded spirits”. Many of these recordings, of vocal and chamber orchestra pieces, were made by Decca in 1968 and 1972 and issued, together with a 1927 recording of Grainger playing his Country Gardens and of Peter Pears and Osian Ellis performing Six Dukes wenta-fishin’ in two volumes, with the title Salute to Percy Grainger. The title is retained for this anthology and to it is added Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Deutsche Grammophon recording of The Warriors, presenting nearly two hours of some of Grainger’s finest utterances in some of their earliest (and best) performances to be captured on record. Ten of these items [CD2: 1-10] make their first appearance on CD.

The performers are a Who’s Who of great Decca artists. Benjamin Britten and Steuart Bedford share the conducting duties on the Decca recordings, and the vocalists include Sir Peter Pears, Anna Reynolds and John Shirley-Quirk, together with the Ambrosian Singers and the Wandsworth Boys’ Choir. The notes are written by celebrities too – Sir Peter Pears and Grainger scholar, John Bird – and include affectionate reminiscences. Complete song texts are included.

"This is an altogether delightful anthology, beautifully played and recorded by these distinguished artists … the recording is an extremely good one” Penguin Guide ***

“the enchantments remain … will surely give pleasure” Gramophone

“This two-CD collection includes Britten's classic 1968 recording, which is one of the best of all Grainger recitals in itself...Dazzling sound.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

“The performances by Britten, the tenor Peter Pears and the glorious baritone of John Shirley-Quirk, not to mention the Ambrosian Singers, Linden Singers and Wandsworth Boys’ Choir, have a finesse that defines an imperilled English musical tradition we are in danger of losing.” Sunday Times, 31st October 2010 ****

Presto Disc of the Week

31st January 2011

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Themes of Grainger

Themes of Grainger


Grainger:

Molly on the Shore

Shallow Brown

Nicholas Sears (baritone)

The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol

Handel in the Strand

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

The Immovable Do (The Cyphering C)

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

Mock Morris

Leighton:

Fantasy Octet on Themes of Grainger, Op. 87


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Grainger: Ever Yours

Grainger: Ever Yours

Selected Music and Letters of Percy Grainger


Grainger:

Mock Morris

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

Colonial Song

Dreamery

Harvest Hymn

The Power of Love

The Nightingale and The Two Sisters

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Blithe Bells

Early One Morning

'The Duke of Marlborough' Fanfare

The Immovable Do (The Cyphering C)


Grainger’s letters reflect his passion for life, music, physical experiences and language. On this disc, selected letters are read by Damien Beaument and excerpts of his orchestral works are performed by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, giving us an insight into his life and works.

“Grainger stylishly presented in Grainger’s own words with his own music. There’s no better place to start but even seasoned Grainger enthusiasts - those who already have the stunning Chandos Grainger Edition - will find much of value here.” MusicWeb International, March 2013

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Grainger: Country Gardens and Other Favourites

Grainger: Country Gardens and Other Favourites


Grainger:

Country Gardens

(version for orchestra)

Shepherd's Hey

(version for orchestra)

Colonial Song

(version for orchestra)

Children's March 'Over the Hills and Far Away'

(version for orchestra)

The Immovable Do (The Cyphering C)

(version for orchestra)

Mock Morris

(version for orchestra)

Handel in the Strand

(version for orchestra)

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

(version for orchestra)

Spoon River

(version for orchestra)

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

(version for orchestra)

Molly on the Shore

(version for orchestra)


Recorded in 1959

Naxos Classical Archives - 980953

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Short Cuts

Short Cuts


 

Variazioninfacili

Bragato:

Impresionista

Donizetti:

Trio 'In casa Betti'

Glinka:

Russian Songs (3)

Grainger:

Handel in the Strand

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

Shepherd's Hey

Colonial Song

Maffia:

Taconeando

Pugliese, O:

Negracha

Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Variation 18

Shchedrin:

Funny Pieces


Trio Animae

This recording features no less than 17 world premieres and covers the Trio’s first ten years. Material chosen has been inspired by their concert performances and firm favourites. The programme follows a certain theme, which interested listeners are invited to discover. Now there’s a challenge!

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Grainger Edition, Vol. 5: Works for Chorus and Orchestra

Grainger Edition, Vol. 5: Works for Chorus and Orchestra


Grainger:

The Widow's Party

The Sea-Wife

The running of shindand

We Have Fed Our Sea for a Thousand Years

Tiger-Tiger!

The Love Song of Har Dyal

Country Gardens

The Immovable Do (The Cyphering C)

Mock Morris

Collean Dhas

Scotch Strathspey and Reel

Dreamery

Colonial Song

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

Harvest Hymn

Handel in the Strand

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

Lincolnshire Posy


“Handel in the Strand struts and carols its stuff most life-enchantingly in the hands of Penelope Thwaites and the CLS” MusicWeb International

Chandos Grainger Edition - CHAN9554

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Percy Grainger: Famous Folk Settings

Percy Grainger: Famous Folk Settings


Grainger:

Country Gardens

Shepherd's Hey

Green Bushes

Molly on the Shore

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

Handel in the Strand

Spoon River

Walking Tune

Youthful Rapture

Mock Morris

Blithe Bells


Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Kenneth Montgomery

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Percy Grainger - Piano Favourites

Percy Grainger - Piano Favourites


Bach, J S:

Blithe Bells (Sheep May Safely Graze)

Dowland:

Now, o now, I needs must part

Grainger:

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Shepherd's Hey

Children's March 'Over the Hills and Far Away'

Near Woodstock Town

Mock Morris

Zanzibar Boat Song

One More Day, My John

(complex version)

In Dahomey 'Cakewalk Smasher'

My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone

The Gum-Suckers March (from In a Nutshell)

Country Gardens

Bridal Lullaby

Handel in the Strand

Molly on the Shore

Colonial Song

Stanford:

Four Irish Dances: March-Jig 'Maguire's Kick'

Strauss, R:

Ramble on Love Duet (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Tchaikovsky:

B flat minor Piano Concerto (opening)


Martin Jones (piano)

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The Grainger Edition Volume 17

The Grainger Edition Volume 17

Works for Solo Piano 2


Grainger:

Molly on the Shore

Irish Reel for Piano

In a Nutshell, suite

Shepherd's Hey

Morris Dance Tune

Country Gardens

English Morris Dance Tune

Mock Morris

Colonial Song

The Tents of the Happy Tribes

section from 'The Lonely Desert Man'

Handel in the Strand

Clog Dance

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

Tiger-Tiger!

The Hunter in His Career

The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol

The Rival Brothers

Australian Up-Country Song

Harvest Hymn

The Merry King

English Folksong

Lisbon (Dublin Bay)

The Widow's Party

Died for Love

Horkstow Grange

'The Miser and His Man' - A Local Tragedy

The Brisk Young Sailor (who returned to wed his true love)

English Folksong

Hard-Hearted Barb'ra (H)Ellen

Bristol Town

English Folksong

Sea-Song Sketch


“A wonderful album of Grainger's solo piano music.... her devotion to his art shines out of her playing.” CD Review

Chandos Grainger Edition - CHAN9919

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