Grainger: Folk Music / Booth, Glynn

Release Date: 4/21/2017
Label: Avie
Catalog Number: AV2372
Number of Discs: 1

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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.



REVIEWS:

They beautifully manage the contrasts between simplicity and immense sophistication that all these songs regularly provide; it makes a really engaging sequence.

– Guardian (UK)

This disc affords tremendous pleasure; it’s well recorded and intelligently annotated, too. Warmly recommended.

– Fanfare

Works on This Recording
1. Bold William Taylor by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1908 ; England
2. Six Dukes Went Afishin' by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905-1912 ; England
3. Knight and Shepherd's Daughter by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
4. Lord Maxwell's Goodnight by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904-1912 ;
5. My Robin is to the greenwood gone by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912 ; England
6. Pretty Maid Milkin' her Cow by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
7. Sprig of thyme by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1907/1920 ; England
8. Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
9. The Two Ravens by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903-1909 ;
10. Irish Tune from County Derry "Danny Boy" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; England
11. Died for love by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; England
12. Power of love by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1922 ;
13. Walking Tune by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; England
14. Willow, Willow by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1898-1911 ; England
15. Early One Morning by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1901/1940 ;
16. One more day, my John "Sea Shanty" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915/1932 ; USA
17. Hard-hearted Barb'ra Helen by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
18. Country Gardens by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
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