Grainger: Country Gardens

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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 ****

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Avie - AV2372

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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

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4802205

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Grainger: Vol. 83

Grainger: Vol. 83


Grainger:

Mock Morris

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins

The Immovable Do (The Cyphering C)

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Antony Walker

Molly on the Shore

Leslie Howard (piano)

Country Gardens

Leslie Howard (piano)

Scotch Strathspey and Reel

Sinfonia Australis, Cantillation, Antony Walker

I'm seventeen come Sunday

Sinfonia Australis, Antony Walker

Colonial Song

Tamara-Anna Cislowska (piano)

Handel in the Strand

Leslie Howard (piano)

Danish Folk-song Suite

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, David Stanhope

The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins

Brigg Fair

Dan Walker (piano)

Cantillation, Paul Stanhope

Early One Morning

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, David Stanhope

Shallow Brown

Teddy Tahu Rhodes (baritone)

Sinfonia Australis, Cantillation, Antony Walker

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, Antony Walker

Dreamery

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, David Stanhope

Blithe Bells

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, David Stanhope

Shepherd's Hey

Roger Woodward (piano)


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The Journey - Duo Amythis

The Journey - Duo Amythis


Albéniz:

Mallorca, barcarola, Op. 202

Bogdanovic:

Sonata Fantasia

Falla:

Danse Espagnole No. 1 (from La Vida Breve)

Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo)

Grainger:

Country Gardens

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Shepherd's Hey

Houghton:

Wave Radiance

Möller, J:

When Buds are Breaking


Duo Amythis: Véronique van Duurling (guitar) & Harold Gretton (guitar)

The Duo Amythis is made up of guitarists Véronique van Duurling (Belgium) and Harold Gretton (Australia). Formed in December 2008, the duo performed its first concert in Canberra in January 2009. Since then, they have played concerts, both solo and as a duo, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and many other countries.

On their latest CD they take their listeners on a journey from the Australian plain over the spirited Balkans to the snow-covered north of Sweden.

Véronique van Duurling plays a guitar built in 2015 by Arnoldo Garcia, Harold Gretton plays a guitar built in 2008 by Greg Smallman and Sons.

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Grainger: Chosen gems for piano

Grainger: Chosen gems for piano


Grainger:

Danish Folk-song Suite

One More Day, My John

Knight & Shepherd's Daughter

Near Woodstock Town

Country Gardens

The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol

Shepherd's Hey

To a Nordic Princess

Love at First Sight

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

Bridal Lullaby

Handel in the Strand

Colonial Song

Nell op. 18 No. 1 (Fauré)

Paraphrase on Tchaikovsky's Flower Waltz

Now, Oh Now I needs Must Part


Unicorn is delighted to reissue Australian pianist, Penelope Thwaites’ highly acclaimed selection of Grainger miniatures for solo piano including 'Country Gardens' and Shepherd's Hey'.

Unicorn - DKPCD9127

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Grainger: Folk-Inspired Works for Piano Duet and Duo

Grainger: Folk-Inspired Works for Piano Duet and Duo


Grainger:

Handel in the Strand

Molly on the Shore

Shepherd's Hey

Harvest Hymn

Country Gardens

Song from The Faroe Islands

Spoon River

As Sally Sat A-Weeping

Lincolnshire Posy

Fantasy on George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ (two pianos)


Caroline Weichert & Clemens Rave (piano)

The essence of Grainger’s music is most evident in his piano pieces, having taken ownership of traditional and popular influences and rejecting outdated conventions.

Grainger’s ingenious variation, textures and moods can be heard throughout, ranging from the fantastically popular Country Gardens to the elaborate fantasy on Porgy and Bess.

“The Bilder Duo, pianists Caroline Weichert and Clemens Rave, are frankly impeccable in this repertoire, technically spot-on and a lot of fun for the ears. They’ve been a duo since 2007, and they clearly enjoy this music... it all comes down to how you like your Grainger: if you like it on keyboards, run out and grab this.” MusicWeb International, March 2013

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Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

The Official Album


anon.:

God Save The Queen

Arnold:

The Padstow Lifeboat - March, Op. 94

(arr. Philip Lane)

Coates, E:

Knightsbridge March from London Suite

Dam Busters March

Elgar:

Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1

Grainger:

Country Gardens

(arr. L Artok)

Holst:

The Planets: Jupiter

Norman, M:

Dr No: The James Bond Theme

Spiegl:

Radio 4 UK Theme

Sullivan, A:

HMS Pinafore: Overture

Vangelis:

Chariots of Fire

(arr. Nicholas Raine)

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on Greensleeves

(arr. Ralph Greaves)

Walton:

Orb and Sceptre

Henry V - Suite: Overture (The Globe Playhouse)

(arr. M Mathieson)

Wood, Henry:

Fantasia on British Sea Songs


Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, London on 7 & 8 March 2012.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra takes part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June as part of the 1000 boat flotilla celebrating the Queen’s 60th anniversary. Its musicians will play works chosen for their association with British history and London landmarks, recorded here to capture the spirit of the occasion and to serve as a memento of a unique day.

Highlights of the music include Percy Grainger’s Country Gardens, Jupiter from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Thomas Arne’s Rule, Britannia!, the James Bond Theme, The Dam Busters by Eric Coates and two works by Elgar – Nimrod from Enigma Variations and Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1. The CD closes out with a performance of the National Anthem.

“You don’t have to be ravingly patriotic to enjoy this, but it helps. When the Jubilee flotilla travels down the Thames on June 3, the London Philharmonic will be on board. This CD gives a foretaste of what to expect...The music is crisply delivered under David Parry.” The Times, 12th May 2012

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Journey Around the World (Classical Clubhouse)

Journey Around the World (Classical Clubhouse)


Albéniz:

Sevilla (from Suite Española, Op. 47)

anon.:

La Cucaracha

Benjamin, A:

Jamaican Rumba

Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczi March

Borodin:

In the Steppes of Central Asia

Copland:

Rodeo: Hoe down

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Grainger:

Country Gardens

Rachmaninov:

Oriental Dance, Op. 2 No. 2

Respighi:

Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3, P. 172: III. Siciliana

Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

Strauss, J, II:

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314


Classical Music doesn’t get much more exciting than this! With the help of wonderful music (some familiar, some new) this collection encourages children to experience the fantastic array of world music styles and colourful portrayals of foreign lands in Classical Music. Featuring music from Debussy, Johann Strauss II, Copland and many others this selection will have kids thrilled with recreations of the American Wild West, learning the Jamaican Rumba, waltzing in Vienna and exploring the Steppes of Central Asia!

A fully illustrated 44 page booklet presents an adventure-filled journey around the world challenging the reader to listen, see and recreate the wonders of the countries they visit. The text is designed to be read either by an older child of 5 or 6 or with an adult for the younger children. The writer is Sarah Breeden noted for the fun and informative programmes she has written for the BBC Children’s Proms.

Warner Classics Classical Clubhouse - 9554762

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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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Grainger: The Music of Percy Grainger, Vol. I

Grainger: The Music of Percy Grainger, Vol. I


Grainger:

Molly on the Shore

Eddie Green

Lincolnshire Posy

Eddie Green

Colonial Song

Eddie Green

Blithe Bells

Eddie Green

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Eddie Green

Shepherd's Hey

Eddie Green

'The Duke of Marlborough' Fanfare

Noe Marmolejo

Country Gardens

Eddie Green

The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart

Eddie Green


University of Houston Wind Ensemble

Mark Records - Grainger: The Music of Percy Grainger - 1086-MCD

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