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Percy Grainger: Folk Music



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Percy Grainger was an extraordinary human being and musician- a precocious pianist, colorful 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 endeavor- 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.
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Item number AV2372
Barcode 822252237221
Release date 4/21/2017
Category Classical Music
Label AVIE
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Glynn, Christopher
Booth, Claire
Disc: 1
Bold William Taylor00:04:23
1 Bold William Taylor 00:04:08 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
Six Dukes went a-Fishin'00:02:14
2 Six Dukes went a-Fishin' 00:02:24 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
Knight and Shepherd's Daughter00:02:28
3 Knight and Shepherd's Daughter 00:02:58 Glynn, Christopher
Lord Maxwell's Goodnight00:03:18
4 Lord Maxwell's Goodnight 00:03:02 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone, "A Ramble"00:05:02
5 My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone, "A Ramble" 00:05:51 Glynn, Christopher
The Pretty Maid Milkin' her Cow00:01:22
6 The Pretty Maid Milkin' her Cow 00:01:15 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
The Sprig of Thyme00:02:28
7 The Sprig of Thyme 00:02:40 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol (version for p00:02:19
8 The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol (version for p 00:02:13 Glynn, Christopher
The Twa Corbies (The Two Ravens)00:03:00
9 The Twa Corbies (The Two Ravens) 00:03:08 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
Irish Tune from County Derry00:03:38
10 Irish Tune from County Derry 00:03:22 Glynn, Christopher
Died for Love (version for voice and piano)00:01:28
11 Died for Love (version for voice and piano) 00:01:20 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
The Power of Love00:03:33
12 The Power of Love 00:04:10 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
Walking Tune00:03:38
13 Walking Tune 00:04:26 Glynn, Christopher
Willow Willow (version for voice and piano)00:03:35
14 Willow Willow 00:03:34 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
Early One Morning (version for voice and piano)00:02:49
15 Early One Morning (version for voice and piano) 00:02:54 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
One More Day, My John00:02:00
16 One More Day, My John 00:02:14 Glynn, Christopher
Hard-Hearted Barb'ra (H)ellen (version for voice a00:06:27
17 Hard-Hearted Barb'ra (H)ellen 00:06:39 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
Country Gardens (version for piano 4 hands)00:02:24
18 Country Gardens (version for piano 4 hands) 00:01:51 Booth, Claire Glynn, Christopher
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