Grainger: The Power of Love

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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 ****

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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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The Power of Love

The Power of Love

An English Songbook


Elgar:

Pleading, Op. 48 No. 1

Speak, Music, Op. 41, No. 2

Gibbs, C A:

A Song of Shadows Op. 15, No. 3

Hypochondriacus

Grainger:

The Power of Love

Gurney:

Lights out

The boat is chafing

Goodnight to the meadow

Holst:

Betelgeuse

Journey's End

Lehmann, L:

Pa's bank

Love, if you knew the light

Ah, moon of my delight

Moeran:

In youth is pleasure

Molloy:

Love's old sweet song

Peel:

The early morning

Almond, wild almond

Quilter:

Love's Philosophy, Op. 3 No. 1 (Shelley)

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 (Tennyson)

There be none of Beauty's daughters, Op. 24, No. 1

Vaughan Williams:

Silent Noon

Warlock:

Queen Anne

The Night

Take, O take those lips away

White, M:

The Spring has come

The Devout Lover

So we'll go no more a-roving


Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano) & Graham Johnson (piano)

Alice Coote, one of the most distinctive mezzo-sopranos of today, makes her recital debut on Hyperion with pianist Graham Johnson, a stalwart of the label and tireless explorer of vocal repertoire. The Power of Love creates what Johnson describes as a ‘pageant of English song and poetry’. It’s a journey through half a century of song, surveying not just human love but love of nature and even of money. Some of the most touching pieces here involve the loss of love through death, not least Ivor Gurney’s Lights Out and Gustav Holst’s Betelgeuse. There’s serenity, too, in mellifluous settings by Roger Quilter, while high spirits are supplied by Maude Valérie White’s The Spring has come and Warlock’s sardonic Queen Anne, which includes the immortal lines ‘I am Queen Anne, of whom ’tis said / I’m chiefly fam’d for being dead’.

“From start to finish, the artistry of Alice Coote and Graham Johnson is of the highest order.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

“Almost every track on the mezzo’s recital springs a surprise” Financial Times, 11th February 2012

“['Love's Philosophy'] needs and receives a bolder and stronger delivery than its neighbour, rising to a showy conclusion. It allows Coote to introduce an almost operatic approach as her voice peals forth...the Holst songs, mesmerizingly captured by Coote, whose voice seems almost detached as she intones 'Betelgeuse', recorded, like the rest of the programme, in clear sound.” International Record Review, February 2012

“[Victorian parlour repertoire] proves both admirably suited to her distinctively creamy yet expressive voice, and occasionally revelatory...The well-structured programme concludes with Holst's late Humbert Wolfe settings, in which Coote finds surprising power. Journey's End is tragically bleak” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 *****

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Grainger Edition, Vol. 7: Songs for Tenor

Grainger Edition, Vol. 7: Songs for Tenor


Grainger:

Dedication II

Anchor Song

The Sea-Wife

Ganges Pilot

The First Chanty

The Widow's Party

Soldier, Soldier

The Young British Soldier

Dedication I

Three Settings of Robert Burns

Four Settings from Songs of the North

The Power of Love

The Twa Corbies

A. C. Swinburne - A Reiver`s Neck-Verse

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight


Martyn Hill (tenor), Penelope Thwaites (piano), John Lavender (piano)

“Thwaites is on terrific form.” Gramophone Magazine

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Grainger: Jungle Book

Grainger: Jungle Book

& other choral works


Grainger:

Shallow Brown

Jungle Book

Good-bye to love

Died for Love

The Power of Love

The Rival Brothers

Six Dukes Went a-Fishin'

The Sprig of Thyme

Willow Willow

Recessional

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

The Three Ravens

The running of shindand

Early One Morning

The Love Song of Har Dyal

My Love's in Germanie


This reissue commemorates the 50th anniversary of Grainger’s death in February 1961.

Harmonium, four guitars, two mandolas, two mandolins, two ukuleles, piccolo, three clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, two alto saxophones, horn, strings, piano, baritone and choir: and that’s just the scoring for one piece, the famous sea shanty Shallow Brown.

Grainger’s Jungle Book cycle was recorded here (for the original Hyperion release) for the first time. The eleven contrasting movements vividly portray the sentiments of Kipling’s poetry and Grainger wrote of the cycle that it was ‘composed as a protest against civilization’.

“Unquestionably an important and relishable release” Hi-Fi News

“This disc offers a sympathetic, endearing portrait of a composer too often valued for his wackiness and eccentricity alone” Classic CD

“Grainger's cycle evokes the lyrical side of Kipling's animal tales. As with the coupled folk arrangements, it's beautifully sung.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

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Grieg, Delius & Grainger: Songs

Grieg, Delius & Grainger: Songs


Delius:

Five Songs from the Norwegian

Seven Songs from the Norwegian

Jeg havde en nyskåren Seljefløyte

Skogen gir sussende, langsom beskjed

Grainger:

The Sprig of Thyme

Six Dukes Went a-Fishin'

Willow Willow

Died for Love

The Power of Love

Grieg:

Vier Lieder für Altstimme, Op. 2

Seks Digte, Op. 4


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The Grainger Edition Volume 19

The Grainger Edition Volume 19

Works for Solo Piano 3


Grainger:

Lullaby from Tribute to Foster (2 Versions)

One More Day, My John

Bridal Lullaby

Knight & Shepherd's Daughter

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

Ramble on Love (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Spoon River

The Power of Love

The Nightingale and The Two Sisters

Jutish Medley

To a Nordic Princess

Blithe Bells

Walking Tune

The Immovable Do (The Cyphering C)

Country Gardens

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Stalt Vesselil

Rimmer & Goldcastle

Bridal Lullaby

Now, Oh Now I needs Must Part

Beautiful Fresh Flowers


“There is as much to savour musically as there is in Ms Thwaites’s sympathetic and thoughtful playing of her compatriot’s works” Gramophone Magazine

“Miss Thwaites seems to have Grainger in her blood. This collection is absolutely superb for her playing and sensitive voicing… I can not imagine a more beautiful piano sound. This is one CD all Delians and Graingerites should have, even if you have a dozen other Grainger piano CDs” The Delian

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The Grainger Edition Volume 14

The Grainger Edition Volume 14

Works for Chamber Ensemble 2


Grainger:

Molly on the Shore

for string quartet

Lord Peter's Stable-Boy

for violin, cello, piano & harmonium

The Shoemaker from Jerusalem

for flute, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano (four hands)

Hubby and Wifey

for mezzo-soprano, baritone, cello & two guitars

The Only Son

for string quartet & harmonium

Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon

for two violins, viola, cello & harmonium

Lisbon (Dublin Bay)

for wind quartet

The Bridegroom Grat

for mezzo-soprano, two violas, cello & double bass

The Land O' the Leal

for mezzo-soprano, violin, two violas, cello & double bass

Walking Tune

for wind quartet

Willow Willow

for tenor, violin, viola, two cellos & guitar

Harvest Hymn

for string quartet & piano

The Old Woman at the Christening

for mezzo-soprano, piano & harmonium

The Nightingale

for cello & harmonium

The Two Sisters

for cello & harmonium

Sea Song (Sketch for the style of 'Grettir the Strong' Overture or 'Hærmændene paa Helgeland' Overture)

for string quartet & harmonium

Bold William Taylor

for baritone, two clarinets, two violins, viola, two cellos, double bass & harmonium

The Power of Love

for violin, cello, piano & harmonium

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

for tenor, violin, viola & two cellos

Colonial Song

for mezzo-soprano, tenor, violin, cello & piano

Free Music

for string quartet

The Twa Corbies

for tenor, two violins, two violas, tow cellos & double bass

Died for Love

for mezzo-soprano, flute, viola & cello


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The Grainger Edition Volume 9

The Grainger Edition Volume 9

Works for Chorus & Orchestra 3


Grainger:

Mock Morris

The Power of Love

Died for Love

Love Verses from 'The Song of Solomon'

Shepherd's Hey

Early One Morning

The Three Ravens

Scherzo

Youthful Rapture

Random Round (Set version)

The Merry King

O Gin I Were Where Gadie Rins

Skye Boat Song

Danny Deever

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Dollar and a Half a Day

Molly on the Shore


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