"Grainger’s tremendous musical talent can be likened to a wild vine which thrives without need for pruning" writes Barry Ould in the sleeve notes to this album - referring to the prolific period from the age of sixteen when Grainger wrote an enormous amount of music. But it was not just a prolific period, it was also a rich one, as many of the pieces recorded here will show. As usual, they are very varied in style and construction, and make a most enjoyable recital programme. It is full of suprises too, with his setting of Kipling’s The First Chantey ranking as one his most powerful creations. Melodic inspiration seems to be endless with this composer, and makes one wonder at his neglect in the recital hall. With detailed and informative sleeve notes this disc will be eagerly sought by Grainger’s many enthusiasts.