Salute To Percy Grainger (Incls 'Shepherd's Hey' & 'The Warriors')

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PERCY GRAINGER
Salute To Percy Grainger (Incls 'Shepherd's Hey' & 'The Warriors')
Peter Pears (tenor) Anna Reynolds (mezzo-soprano) John Shirley Quirk (baritone) / Ambrosian Singers, Wandsworth Boys' Choir, Benjamin Britten

[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 October 2010

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"This is an altogether delightful anthology, beautifully played and recorded by these distinguished artists … the recording is an extremely good one" Penguin Guide ***

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

Tracks:

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