Grainger: The Sprig of Thyme

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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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31st January 2011

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Songs of England

Songs of England


anon.:

Lye still my deare

Arne:

Where the Bee Sucks

O ravishing delight

Britten:

Sweet Polly Oliver

Grainger:

The Sprig of Thyme

Head, M:

Fox Gloves

Hopkins, Antony:

A melancholy song

Horn, C E:

Cherry Ripe

Howells:

Gavotte

Morley:

Now is the month of maying

Purcell:

Nymphs and Shepherds, Z600

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Quilter:

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

trad.:

Bobby Shaftoe

Vaughan Williams:

I Will Give My Love An Apple

The New Ghost


Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano), Ernest Lush (piano)

Recorded in 1954

Naxos Classical Archives - 981175

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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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31st January 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


Marit Osnes Aambo (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

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The Grainger Edition Volume 12

The Grainger Edition Volume 12

Songs for Mezzo-soprano


Grainger:

C. Hughes - Daffyd Y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock)

Died For Love

The Sprig of Thyme

Willow Willow

Near Woodstock Town

Early One Morning

In Bristol Town

Four Settings from Songs of the North

The Bridegroom Grat

Lady Nairne - The Land O' the Leal

Proud Vesselil

Under A Bridge

Hubby and Wifey

The Lonely Desert-Man Sees the Tents of the Happy Tribes

Colonial Song

Kipling - The Only Son & The Love Song of Har Dyal

A L Gordon - A Song of Autumn

Five settings of Ella Grainger

F Corteccia - O Glorious, Golden Era

Little Ole with his Umbrella

Variations on Handel's 'The Harmonious Blacksmith'

Harvest Hymn

Afterword


Della Jones (mezzo-soprano), Penelope Thwaites (piano)

“Again Grainger amazes, amuses, arouses, intrigues. These 'Songs for mezzo' originate in Britain (with an excellent sequence of Scottish songs), Jutland and Australia. Some are folksongs collected in the early years of the century; two have words by Kipling, five by Ella, Grainger's wife, and some have no words at all.
The latter are fortifying antidotes to those textmerchants who think that song is essentially 'about' the communication of words, whereas everybody knows that you sing (la-la, dee-dee, as in these of Grainger) because a tune has taken your fancy and singing it makes you feel better.
It's really Della Jones's record, or hers and that of the admirable Penelope Thwaites. But the menfolk appear occasionally and always to effect. Mark Padmore is a resourceful tenor with hints here that he has in reserve a vibrant, rather Italianate body of tone. Jones hereself is a natural for Grainger: she has the spirit to match, and, like him, a certain ambiguity in her forthrightness, so that at times we're not quite sure what's serious and what's a bit of fun. The Colonial Song ('Sentimental No 1') is unashamedly nostalgic, but with an element of send-up too: in the piano solos especially a joyful passage of inspired improvisation that's both a joke and 'for real'.
Also for real is the prime quality of this disc, with 15 tracks 'premiere recordings' and 14 'premiere recordings in this version'.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“This is a glorious disc.” Gramophone Magazine

Chandos Grainger Edition - CHAN9730

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Recital: Australian Art Song

Recital: Australian Art Song


Gallienne:

Shakespeare Settings (3)

Grainger:

The Power of Love

Hard-Hearted Barb'ra (H)Ellen

The Love Song of Har Dyal

The Sprig of Thyme

Willow Willow

Died for Love

Hart, F:

Songs to Texts by William Sharp (5), Op. 64

Horowicz, D:

Midsummer Daydream

Humble:

Cabaret Songs (8)

Phillips, L:

Songs (2)

Willcock, C:

Betrayers


Merlyn Quaife (soprano), Michael Kieran Harvey (piano)

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The World of Percy Grainger

The World of Percy Grainger


Grainger:

Country Gardens

Handel in the Strand

The Immovable Do (The Cyphering C)

Shepherd's Hey

Brigg Fair

Harvest Hymn

The Sprig of Thyme

Died for Love

Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow

Molly on the Shore

Green Bushes

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Tribute to Foster

In Dahomey 'Cakewalk Smasher'

The Warriors


Decca - 4701262

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