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The Grainger Edition, Vol.14 - Works for Chamber Ensemble part 2

Grainger: Vol. 14 - Works for Chamber Ensemble 2

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2000

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz

Originally recorded in 1999

Artists:

Stephen Varcoe

baritone

Della Jones

mezzo-soprano

Martyn Hill

tenor

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble



Venue:

St Pauls Church, Knightsbridge, London



Producer:

Ralph Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Richard Smoker

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 66:43
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The Grainger Edition, Vol.14 - Works for Chamber Ensemble part 2

 

PERCY GRAINGER

Select Complete Single Disc for
   
1 

Lord Peter's Stable-Boy

3:12
  for violin, cello, piano and harmonium  
2 

The Shoemaker from Jerusalem

3:15
  edited by Barry Peter Ould  
  for flute, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano (four hands)  
3 

Hubby and Wifey

1:18
  edited by Barry Peter Ould  
  for mezzo-soprano, baritone, cello and two guitars  
4 

The Only Son

3:41
  realised by Barry Peter Ould  
  for string quartet and harmonium  
5 

Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon

2:36
  for two violins, viola, cello and harmonium  
6 

Lisbon

1:23
  for wind quartet  
7 

The Bridegroom Grat

1:43
  edited by Barry Peter Ould  
  for mezzo-soprano, two violas, cello and double bass  
8 

The Land O' the Leal

2:22
  edited by Barry Peter Ould  
  for mezzo-soprano, violin, two violas, cello and double bass  
9 

Walking Tune

3:40
  for wind quartet  
10 

Willow Willow

4:18
  for tenor, violin, viola, two cellos and guitar  
11 

Harvest Hymn

3:04
  for string quartet and piano  
12 

The Old Woman at the Christening

2:42
  for mezzo-soprano, piano and harmonium  
13 

The Nightingale

2:04
  for cello and harmonium  
14 

The Two Sisters

2:30
  for cello and harmonium  
15 

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

0:33
  for string quartet and harmonium  
16 

Bold William Taylor

3:39
  for baritone, two clarinets, two violins, viola, two cellos, double bass and harmonium  
17 

The Power of Love

4:00
  for violin, cello, piano and harmonium  
18 

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

3:26
  for tenor, violin, viola and two cellos  
19 

Colonial Song

6:21
  for mezzo-soprano, tenor, violin, cello and piano  
20 

Free Music

1:57
  for string quartet  
21 

The Twa Corbies

3:28
  for tenor, two violins, two violas, tow cellos and double bass  
22 

Died for Love

2:01
  for mezzo-soprano, flute, viola and cello  
23 

Molly on the Shore

3:30
  for string quartet  
The highly-respected Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble presents the second disc of Graingers’ chamber music, bringing the series to Volume 14

All discs in this series feature numerous premiere recordings and this is no exception, with two premiere recordings and an amazing thirteen recorded for the first time in this version.

Perhaps more than any other composer in recent years, Grainger has enjoyed an enormous revival thanks largely due to this extensive recording project, Interest in the composer has soared with new CDs books and even films being planned.

The Chandos Grainger edition is the definitive collection for this composer’s music. It is a monumental project, which has received unanimous praise.

To the casual observer, the composer Grainger is synonymous with arrangements. For almost all his life and beyond, Grainger was known for only a handful of popular pieces described by musical dictionaries as ‘light’ music. Yet Grainger’s arrangements are far more than pieces transferred from one medium to another. Most of Grainger’s scores show the dates of the root version of a particular work and successive dates when his arrangements of versions appeared. This practice seems to have begun in the early part of the twentieth century when asked by his original publishers Schott & Co. to make available piano versions of popular pieces like Handel in the Strand.

Until that time Grainger had already made several versions of some of his orchestral music and it was not until his flitting to America that he conceived the idea of ‘elastic scoring’: a work having an almost limitless number of performable versions.

Grainger took the art of arranging to new heights, and a rich reward awaits those prepared to listen to an umpteenth arrangement of, for example, ‘Colonial Song’, as subtle changes of scoring appear from version to version. Grainger’s originality shines through the various incarnations of his works, and through his wonderful sense of instrumental colouring.

Grainger in his folk-song arrangements is hard to surpass. Benjamin Britten exclaimed, ‘in the art of folk-song arrangements Grainger is my master!’.

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