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CHSA 5121 - Grainger: Works for Large Chorus and Orchestra
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Available From: 18 March 2013
Grainger: Works for Large Chorus and Orchestra

SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR / MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS / DAVIS

This recording complements the mammoth Chandos project, dating back over a twenty-year period, and re-issued in a nineteen-disc box set last year, devoted to the music by Percy Grainger. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are joined by the Sydney Chamber Choir under Sir Andrew Davis in works requiring large choral forces. Perhaps the best known of them is the Tribute to Foster. In what he called a ‘musical extravaganza’ Grainger uses the theme and words from Stephen Foster’s Camptown Races, which he remembered his mother singing to him when he was a child. The Thanksgiving Song is, as Grainger writes, ‘honour-tokened to all my life’s sweethearts – to those I have loved long and fully, but also to those I merely looked at but never spoke to’. The work uses the choral forces to vocalise rather than sing a specific text. Kipling’s works were a significant influence on Grainger, particularly in his student days in Frankfurt. Danny Deever sets a poem from Kipling’s Barrack-Room Ballads. King Solomon’s Espousals derives from the Song of Solomon. Also recorded are The Wraith of Odin, The Bride’s Tragedy, The Hunter in His Career, The Lads of Wamphray, Sir Eglamore, and Marching Song of Democracy

Reviews

 "... this is an important addition to the Grainger discography ... Graingerians will want to snap this up ..."
Peter J Rabinowitz - Fanfare - September/October 2013

                                     **** (Excellent)

Riccardo Cassani – Music magazine – October 2013

 "... a unique and engaging enterprise ..."
Philip Greenfield - American Record Guide - September/October 2013

                       ****  (Good)
Norbert Tischer - Pizzicato magazine - September 2013

“...Grainger’s fascination with literature, and especially epic poetry, is evident here, though it’s the interpretation of Kipling’s Danny Deever that stands out for sheer narrative impact ...” ***
 
Brian Morton – Choir & Organ magazine – July/August 2013

                    Review of the Week
 
"...Grainger’s hometown band whips up a treat with his most colourful music."
 
Tony Way - Limelightmagazine.com.au - 19 June 2013

“...This enjoyable disc handily earns its place in one’s summer listening fare!”

Raymond S Tuttle – International Record Review – June 2013

“...Performances throughout are pretty much exemplary, these combined Melbourne and Sydney forces straining every sinew under Sir Andrew Davis’s lucid lead, and they have been accorded sound of splendiferous realism and at time almost startling physical impact...”

Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – June 2013

                     Performance ***        Recording ****
David Nice - BBC Music magazine - June 2013

“...most of the pieces in the programme are premiere recordings. Those who know him only fro the genial Country Gardens and Handel in the Strand might take more persuasion that these choral settings are essential listening... The Melbourne forces... do their city’s famous son proud.”  ***
Geoffrey Norris – Telegraph – 6 April 2013

 

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