The Complete Grainger Edition: 60 Years (1961-2021) | Chandos CHAN2019621

The Complete Grainger Edition: 60 Years (1961-2021)

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN2019621

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 21

Release Date: 22nd January 2021

Contents

Artists

Susan Gritton (soprano)
Della Jones (mezzo-soprano)
Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)
Martyn Hill (tenor)
Mark Padmore (tenor)
Mark Tucker (tenor)
Johan Reuter (baritone)
Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Tim Hugh (cello)
Ivan Hovorun (piano)
John Lavender (piano)
Wayne Marshall (piano)
Penelope Thwaites (piano)
Geoffrey Tozer (piano)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus
Danish National Radio Choir
Joyful Company of Singers
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Sydney Chamber Choir
Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
BBC Philharmonic
City of London Sinfonia
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Andrew Davis
Richard Hickox
Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Timothy Reynish
Clark Rundell

Artists

Susan Gritton (soprano)
Della Jones (mezzo-soprano)
Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)
Martyn Hill (tenor)
Mark Padmore (tenor)
Mark Tucker (tenor)
Johan Reuter (baritone)
Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Tim Hugh (cello)
Ivan Hovorun (piano)
John Lavender (piano)
Wayne Marshall (piano)
Penelope Thwaites (piano)
Geoffrey Tozer (piano)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus
Danish National Radio Choir
Joyful Company of Singers
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Sydney Chamber Choir
Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
BBC Philharmonic
City of London Sinfonia
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Andrew Davis
Richard Hickox
Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Timothy Reynish
Clark Rundell

About

Released to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the death in 1961 of Percy Grainger, The Complete Grainger Edition contains all twenty-one Chandos albums of his works in a luxurious boxed set.

The Australian-born composer and pianist was one of music’s most original voices and his compositions, especially his arrangements of folksongs, include some of the world’s most well-loved pieces. He studied piano from an early age and, by the time he reached the age of twenty, had already thought out or formulated the majority of his compositions. The following years saw him feverishly reworking and rearranging these pieces for different forces; in fact it was Grainger who conceived the idea of ‘elastic’ scoring: a work having an almost limitless number of performable versions, all showing a wonderful sense of instrumental colouring.

An enthusiastic participant in the English folksong movement, Grainger collected more than 500 folksongs, on which he drew both for his impressive original works and for his imaginative arrangements, ‘Country Gardens’ and ‘Molly on the Shore’ being among the best known. Towards the end of his life, Grainger became fascinated with the idea of ‘Free Music’, music not limited by time or pitch intervals. The mechanical devices he created in partnership with the scientist Burnett Cross are today regarded as crude forerunners to the modern electronic synthesiser.

Contents:

CD 1: Orchestral Works I
CD 2: Orchestral Works II
CD 3: Orchestral Works III
CD 4: Works for Chorus and Orchestra I
CD 5: Works for Chorus and Orchestra II
CD 6: Works for Chorus and Orchestra III
CD 7: Works for Chorus and Orchestra IV
CD 8: Works for Unaccompanied Chorus
CD 9: Works for Wind Orchestra I
CD 10: Works for Wind Orchestra II
CD 11: Works for Chamber Ensemble I
CD 12: Works for Chamber Ensemble II
CD 13: Songs for Mezzo-soprano
CD 14: Songs for Tenor
CD 15: Songs for Baritone
CD 16: Works for Pianos
CD 17: Works for Solo Piano I
CD 18: Works for Solo Piano II
CD 19: Works for Solo Piano III
CD 20: Works for Large Chorus and Orchestra
CD 21: Transcriptions for Wind Orchestra

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