Grainger Choral Works, Volume 4

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger

Label: Grainger Edition

Media Format: CD or Download

Media Runtime: 65

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: CHAN9721

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Father and Daughter (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
Bo Anker Hansen, Bass
Danish National Radio Choir
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Jesper Grove Jørgensen, Conductor
Kim Giles Nandfred, Tenor
Lars Pedersen, Tenor
Peter Fog, Bass
Torsten Nielsen, Baritone
Kleine Variationen-Form (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox, Conductor
(A) Song of Vermland (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
Danish National Radio Choir
Richard Hickox, Conductor
To a Nordic Princess (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox, Conductor
(The) merry wedding (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
Annette Simonsen, Mezzo soprano
Bo Anker Hansen, Bass
Danish National Radio Choir
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hjørdis Jakobsen, Soprano
Jesper Grove Jørgensen, Conductor
Johan Reuter, Baritone
Kasper Højby Nielsen, Tenor
Lars Pedersen, Tenor
Maria Streijffert, Mezzo soprano
Marianne Lund, Soprano
Peter Fog, Bass
Proud Vessel, 'Stalt Vesselil' (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox, Conductor
(The) Rival Brothers (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
Danish National Radio Choir
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hedvig Rummel, Mezzo soprano
Lars Pedersen, Tenor
Richard Hickox, Conductor
Dalvisa (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
Danish National Radio Choir
Richard Hickox, Conductor
Crew of the Long Dragon (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox, Conductor
Under a bridge, 'Under en Bro' (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Johan Reuter, Baritone
Pamela Helen Stephen, Mezzo soprano
Richard Hickox, Conductor
Danish Folk-Music Suite (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, Composer
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox, Conductor
This splendid record begins with Father and Daughter, encored (according to Barry Peter Ould’s introductory note) 12 times at its first performance. Poor things! They must have collapsed at the end of that! To perform it once – even to listen to it – burns up the calories at a prodigious rate. Grainger is like an ebullient, infinitely energizing house-guest, rapturously welcome as long as he keeps his visits short, which he generally does, being keen to get on with something else. Possibly the fourth piece in the programme, the orchestral ‘bridal song’, To a Nordic Princess, outstays its time. But people who are likely to take offence really would be well advised to give that one a miss: it was written for his wedding in 1928. In the Hollywood Bowl. Before an audience of tens of thousands.
These pieces, to my ears, are without exception delightful: that is, full of delight, in seeking out unexpected things that music can memorably, charmingly, invigoratingly do. I have not seen a score of Father and Daughter, and find it hard to imagine. It is not a first recording (several other items are), and this 23-verse dancing ballad from the Faeroe Islands is also included in the Grainger recital under Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Philips, 4/96). There it is taken even faster (2'38'' to Hickox’s 3'02'') and sung in English. The effect is neatly athletic, but the new version loses nothing in vitality, and allows a little more time to savour the play of solo voices and chorus, the nimble rhythmic side-steps and the orchestral colours. The Danish language – suggestive (but perhaps not to everybody) of a rude variant of What shall we do with a drunken sailor – gives added zest. Now, however, yet another version seems to be called for: one which gives place and prominence to the band of 30 mandolin and guitar players included in the premiere of 1912.
Accounts of that event differ somewhat. Stephen Lloyd in The Percy Grainger Companion (Thames: 1981) says that the work was ‘twice encored and himself [Grainger] recalled a dozen times.’ I mention this anomaly only because the notes quite often fail to give desirable information (the date of the 1928 Suite on Danish Folk-Songs, for instance, and its revision in 1941). In other respects, we are quite deeply in the writer’s debt, as he has edited several of the items now heard on disc for the first time.'

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