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Grainger Edition Vol 1 - Orchestral Works / Hickox, Bbc Phil


Release Date: 11/15/1996 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9493   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Regrettably, though predictably, the remarkable musical achievements of Percy Grainger have been overshadowed latterly by a tabloidish interest in both his sexual tastes and bizarre (to say nothing of deplorable) racial views. Now a more serious reassessment seems to be under way, with a recent disc from John Eliot Gardiner, and here the commencement of a Grainger Edition with an orchestral anthology which is emotionally, texturally, and in almost every other sense, bewilderingly diverse. Grainger the composer remains best-known for a handful of short entertainment pieces represented here by the light, fantastic gaiety of Shepherd’s Hey, but his uniquely original turn of mind is equally evident in the characteristic verve of the substantial Read more English Dance, the maze-like varied repetitions of Green Bushes and the carefree vivacity of The ‘Gum-suckers’ March from the suite In a Nutshell. With endless imaginative resource at his disposal, he could make something winsome, even noble, out of material (such as the Colonial Song) that in lesser hands might have lapsed into the merely sentimental. The BBC Philharmonic provides first-rate playing and the sound has a wide range, though it could do with a brighter edge.

-- George Hall, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
In a Nutshell by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
2.
Colonial Song by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911/1918; England 
3.
English Dance for 2 Pianos 6 hands by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Green Bushes by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
5.
Harvest Hymn by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
6.
Duke of Marlborough Fanfare by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Shepherd's Hey by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
8.
Blithe bells by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
9.
Fisher's Boarding-House by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
10.
There Were Three Friends by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
11.
We Were Dreamers by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
12.
Walking Tune by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 

Sound Samples

The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare
Colonial Song
English Dance
Shepherd's Hey
There were 3 Friends: There were Three Friends
Fisher's Boarding House
We were Dreamers
Harvest Hymn
Blithe Bells (arr. of J.S.Bach's Sheep may safely graze from BWV 208 for piano): Blithe Bells
Walking Tune
In a Nutshell: I. Arrival Platform Humlet
In a Nutshell: II. Gay but Wistful
In a Nutshell: III. Pastoral
In a Nutshell: IV. The Gum-Suckers March
Green Bushes

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