Booth, Glynn: Grainger - Folk Music (24/96 FLAC)
Booth, Glynn: Grainger – Folk Music (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Percy Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth, Christopher Glynn
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Avie
Size: 903 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

01. Bold William Taylor
02. Six Dukes Went a-Fishin’
03. Knight & Shepherd’s Daughter
04. Lord Maxwell’s Goodnight
05. My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone
06. The Pretty Maid milkin’ her Cow
07. The Sprig of Thyme
08. The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol
09. The Twa Corbies
10. Irish Tune from County Derry ‘Danny Boy’
11. Died for Love
12. The Power of Love
13. Walking Tune
14. Willow Willow
15. Early One Morning
16. One More Day, My John
17. Hard-Hearted Barb’ra (H)Ellen
18. Country Gardens

Soprano Claire Booth and pianist Christopher Glynn explore the fascinating and multifaceted folk song output of the original and inventive composer Percy Grainger.

Percy Grainger was an extraordinary human being and musician – a precocious pianist, colourful 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 endeavour, 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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