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Complete 78-RPM Solo Recordings / Percy Grainger

Complete Solo 78rpm Recordings / Various
Release Date: 03/08/2011 
Label:  Apr (Appian) Catalog #: 7501   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegFranz LisztCharles Villiers StanfordPercy Aldridge Grainger,   ... 
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Concert Band
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Grainger "dishes up" his own music with great flair, and he knows better than anyone how to balance the tunes and thickets of inner voices in perfect perspective...and it's instructive to hear Grainger take his gorgeous "Blithe Bells" (based on Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze) at an ideal "walking" tempo, as opposed to modern pianists who drag on the side of caution.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Percy Grainger's death, APR has brought out a five-disc compilation that contains the pianist's complete 78-rpm recordings, many of which now appear for the first time on CD--or in any long-playing format for that matter.

Even in an era flush with keyboard luminaries,
Read more Grainger's individuality stood out. True, he could be slapdash and cavalier at times, but the best of Grainger's shellac efforts retain their vividness and communicative immediacy. Even if Grainger had never met and befriended Grieg, his interpretations of the composer still would bear an "authentic" imprimatur for their rhythmic verve, nervous energy, and bold projection of melodies. In other words, no "bon-bons wrapped in snow!"

When my late composer/pianist friend Robert Helps suggested that composer/pianists pay special attention to bass lines, he could have been discussing Grainger's big-boned Bach transcription discs from 1931, or his highly-charged, polyphonically rich Chopin B minor sonata. By contrast, Grainger's Chopin B-flat minor sonata comes off cautious and wooden next to the two composer/pianists who recorded it next, namely Godowsky and Rachmaninov. Grainger's Schumann G minor sonata lacks the overall finesse of Mischa Levitski's contemporaneous version, while the Symphonic Etudes, although solidly played, are workaday next to Alfred Cortot's bolder, more ecstatic 1929 version.

Yet Grainger's 1926 Brahms F minor sonata (the work's first recording), if far from note-perfect, conveys impressive ardor and forward sweep, especially in the flexibly shaped Andante espressivo, not to mention a volcanic Scherzo that makes Julius Katchen's volatility seem comparatively pale.

Of course Grainger "dishes up" his own music with great flair, and he knows better than anyone how to balance the tunes and thickets of inner voices in perfect perspective, even if he occasionally glosses over difficulties (the Jutish Medley, for instance). And it's instructive to hear Grainger take his gorgeous "Blithe Bells" (based on Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze) at an ideal "walking" tempo, as opposed to modern pianists who drag on the side of caution.

Ward Marston's realistic, properly pitched transfers are comparable to Seth Winner's slightly fuller yet noisier restorations for several out-of-print Grainger collections. Donald Manildi's meticulous programming, Grainger biographer John Bird's annotations, and APR's modest cost add further value to a long overdue and much welcome reissue.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16: Cadenza by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Norway 
Date of Recording: 05/16/1908 
2. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor - Excerpt(s) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Date of Recording: 05/16/1908 
3. Irish Dances (4), Op. 89: no 1, A March-Jig "Maguire's Kick" by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; England 
Date of Recording: 05/16/1908 
Notes: Arranger: Grainger. 
4. Shepherd's Hey by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1914 
5. Mock Morris by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; England 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1914 
6. Suite for Piano "Pour le piano": no 3, Toccata by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1914 
7. Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348: no 8, Hornpipe by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
Notes: Arranger: Grainger. 
8. Iphigénie en Aulide: Gavotte by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772-1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
9. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
10. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 17 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
11. Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
Notes: Abridged. 
12. Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
Notes: Abridged. 
13. Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12: no 3, Warum? by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
14. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 2 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
15. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
16. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 15 in a "Rákóczy March" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1886 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
17. Polonaises (2) for Piano, S 223: no 2 in E major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
18. Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Concert Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
Notes: Abridged. 
19. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
20. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
Notes: Arranger: Grainger. 
21. Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
22. In the Bottoms: no 5: Juba Dance by R. Nathaniel Dett
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
23. Turkey in the Straw by David Guion
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
24. Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: no 6, To a Water-lily by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; USA 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
25. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 32: no 3, Rustles of spring by Christian Sinding
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
26. Polish Dances (5) for Piano, Op. 3: no 1 in E flat minor by Franz Xaver Scharwenka
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
27. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 8, Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
Notes: Arranger: Grainger. 
28. Children's Corner: no 6, Golliwogg's Cake-walk by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
29. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65: no 6, Wedding day at Trolhaugen by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
30. Pictures (3) from life in the country, Op. 19: no 2, The bridal procession passes by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
31. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 6, In Springtime by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
32. One more day, my John "Sea Shanty" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915/1932; USA 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
33. Spoon River by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
34. Molly on the Shore for Piano by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
35. Country Gardens by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
36. Shepherd's Hey by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
37. The Gum-Suckers' March by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1911; England 
Date of Recording: 1917-1924 
38. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
39. Preludes and Fugues (6) of JS Bach for Piano, S 462: no 1 in A minor, BWV 543 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
40. Fantasy and Fugue of JS Bach in G minor (BWV 542) for Piano, S 463 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1863 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
41. Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
42. Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
43. Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 28: no 2 in F sharp major by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
44. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
45. Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
46. Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
47. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 17 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
48. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 10 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
49. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 12 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
50. Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
51. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65: no 6, Wedding day at Trolhaugen by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
52. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 6, In Springtime by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
53. One more day, my John "Sea Shanty" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915/1932; USA 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
54. Suite bergamasque: 3. Clair de lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
55. Suite for Piano "Pour le piano": no 3, Toccata by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
56. Sheep and Goat Walkin' to the Pasture by David Guion
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
57. Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825: Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
58. Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 5 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
59. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
60. Blithe bells by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
61. Ramble on R Strauss's love duet from "Der Rosenkavalier" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
62. Molly on the Shore for Piano by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
63. Country Gardens by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
64. Shepherd's Hey by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
65. Jutish medley by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1925-1931 
66. Irish Tune from County Derry "Danny Boy" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
Date of Recording: 1945 
67. Molly on the Shore for Piano by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
Date of Recording: 1945 
68. Country Gardens by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1945 
69. One more day, my John "Sea Shanty" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915/1932; USA 
Date of Recording: 1945 
70. In the Bottoms: no 5: Juba Dance by R. Nathaniel Dett
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1945 
71. In the Bottoms: no 1, Prelude "Night" by R. Nathaniel Dett
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1945 
Notes: Abridged. 
72. Pierrot Pieces (2), Op. 35: Lento by Cyril Scott
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Date of Recording: 1945 
73. Danse Negre, Op. 58 no 5 by Cyril Scott
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
Date of Recording: 1945 
74. Cherry Ripe, for piano (W 60) by Cyril Scott
Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 1945 

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