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GRAINGER, P.: Folk-Inspired Works for Piano Duet and Duo (Weichert, Rave)

GRAINGER, P.: Folk-Inspired Works for Piano Duet and Duo (Weichert, Rave)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Caroline Weichert

Soloist

Clemens Rave

Soloist

Bilder Duo



Venue:

Pianohaus Micke, Munster, Germany



Record Label
Grand Piano

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 62:41
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GRAINGER, P.: Folk-Inspired Works for Piano Duet and Duo (Weichert, Rave)

     
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PERCY GRAINGER

     
1 

Handel in the Strand, "Clog Dance" (version for 2 pianos)

4:39
 Caroline Weichert Soloist
     
2 

Molly on the Shore, "An Irish Reel" (version for 2 pianos)

4:46
 Clemens Rave Soloist
     
3 

Shepherd's Hey (version for 2 pianos)

2:21
 Caroline Weichert Soloist
     
4 

Harvest Hymn, "Harvest Time in Sweden" (version for piano 4 hands)

2:25
 Caroline Weichert Soloist
     
5 

Country Gardens (version for piano 4 hands)

2:24
 Caroline Weichert Soloist
     
6 

Song from the Faroer Islands: Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow

2:31
 Clemens Rave Soloist
     
7 

Spoon River (version for 2 pianos)

4:27
 Caroline Weichert Soloist
     
8 

As Sally Sat A-Weeping (version for 2 pianos)

1:07
 Clemens Rave Soloist
     
 

Lincolnshire Posy (version for 2 pianos)

 
9 I. Lisbon 2:05
 Caroline Weichert Soloist
10 II. Horkstow Grange 2:26
 Caroline Weichert Soloist
11 III. Rufford Park Poachers 4:28
 Caroline Weichert Soloist
12 IV. The Brisk Young Sailor 1:44
 Clemens Rave Soloist
13 V. Lord Melbourne 3:50
 Caroline Weichert Soloist
14 VI. The Lost Lady Found 2:29
 Caroline Weichert Soloist
     
15 

Fantasy on George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

20:59
 Clemens Rave Soloist


 The essence of Percy Grainger’s music is most evident in his piano pieces. He took ownership of traditional and popular influences, rejecting outdated conventions to create works of ingenious variation, textures and moods. Grainger’s sparkling genius can be heard throughout, ranging from the fantastically popular Country Gardens to the elaborate Fantasy on ‘Porgy and Bess’.

"...Passing an hour in the company of Percy Grainger’s music is always a delight. The Bilder Duo offer a program of some of his most popular works in versions for piano four-hands and for two pianos: Shepherd’s Hey, Country Gardens, Lincolnshire Posy. The folk tunes, the homages to Grieg, the wit and whimsy and unexpected emotional import, are all here in strength. As a ‘greatest hits’ album of Grainger for two pianists, this stands alone. 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…the Gershwin fantasy builds up very impressively…if you like [your Grainger] on keyboards, run out and grab this. Even those works represented here which have been recorded before, in these arrangements at least, aren’t available in such a convenient one-stop anthology. I’m very glad to have this CD..." 
 
Brian Reinhart - MusicWeb-International.com - March 2013

 "This music rarely fails to bring a smile to listeners. It is creative, well-crafted, and eminently listenable on many levels. Whether casual music floating through your house on a Saturday morning or something to supply a detailed example of masterly two-piano writing, this is an extremely well-chosen and well-played program. The two pianists change positions (primo and secondo) and parts all through the program…both fine pianists. Their ensemble, especially in this folk-based music with its flexible tempos, is impeccable. I can be a little snooty about foreigners playing Gershwin correctly but without the ingrained feel for the music that we American generally have. That is NOT the case here. Close your eyes and you would assume that these performers are native Americans with a lifetime of acquaintance with this musical style." 

 
James Harrington - American Record Guide - March 2013
 

 "...Four hands at one or two pianos despatch folksy Grainger and his Gershwin fantasy with lovely razor clarity… " 

 
Geoff Brown - BBC Music Magazine - January 2013
 

         Album of the Week

"A new collection of [Percy Grainger’s] transcriptions for two pianos and piano four-hands captures a particularly lively slice of his output. The Bilder Duo, a young ensemble consisting of German pianists Clemens Rave and Caroline Weichert, offers a judicious, well-programmed sampling of ten pieces." 
 
WQXR (New York) - January 2013
 



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