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Percy Grainger: Works for Large Chorus and Orchestra / Melbourne SO & Chorus. Andrew Davis

Audio Samples

>Grainger, Percy : King Solomon's Espousals, for soprano, chorus & orchestra
>Grainger, Percy : Danny Deever, song for baritone, male chorus & piano (KS 12)
>Grainger, Percy : Marching Song of Democracy, for chorus, organ & orchestra
>Grainger, Percy : The Wraith of Odin, for double chorus & orchestra (or piano)
>Grainger, Percy : The Hunter in His Career, song for piano (OEPM 4)
>Grainger, Percy : Sir Eglamore, for 2 choruses, brass, strings & percussion with harps ad lib. (BFMS 13)
>Grainger, Percy : The Lads of Wamphray, for male chorus (or chorus) & orchestra
>Grainger, Percy : The Bride's Tragedy, for chorus & orchestra (with male chorus ad lib.)
>Grainger, Percy : Tribute to Foster, for 5 soloists, chorus, piano, musical glasses & orchestra (or second piano)
>Grainger, Percy : Thanksgiving Song, for 5 soloists (or chorus) & large chamber ensemble (edited by Peter Barry Ould)

Album Summary

>Grainger, Percy : King Solomon's Espousals, for soprano, chorus & orchestra
>Grainger, Percy : Danny Deever, song for baritone, male chorus & piano (KS 12)
>Grainger, Percy : Marching Song of Democracy, for chorus, organ & orchestra
>Grainger, Percy : The Wraith of Odin, for double chorus & orchestra (or piano)
>Grainger, Percy : The Hunter in His Career, song for piano (OEPM 4)
>Grainger, Percy : Sir Eglamore, for 2 choruses, brass, strings & percussion with harps ad lib. (BFMS 13)
>Grainger, Percy : The Lads of Wamphray, for male chorus (or chorus) & orchestra
>Grainger, Percy : The Bride's Tragedy, for chorus & orchestra (with male chorus ad lib.)
>Grainger, Percy : Tribute to Foster, for 5 soloists, chorus, piano, musical glasses & orchestra (or second piano)
>Grainger, Percy : Thanksgiving Song, for 5 soloists (or chorus) & large chamber ensemble (edited by Peter Barry Ould)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This exceptional disc follows Chandos' Grainger Edition and brings their long-running survey of Grainger works to an end. These works, in versions for large choral forces, are performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under its new Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis, and feature the Sydney Chamber Choir and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Standouts include Tribute to Foster, on songs by American composer Stephen Foster, and the Marching Song of Democracy, inspired by poetry by Walt Whitman.

MusicWeb International, 19th April 2013
Extrovert Grainger, writ large and in brilliant colours.

The Arts Desk, 11th May 2013
This new anthology of rarities for chorus and orchestra has the added advantage of having been recorded in Melbourne, and the performances are consistently successful...Grainger's output could be maddeningly inconsistent. Here, the high spots are magnificent.

Gramophone Magazine, 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 times almost startling physical impact.

International Record Review, June 2013
While there nothing 'amateurish' about the performances here, they have a zest and communicative zeal that are sometimes more easily accessed by amateurs than by professionals...This enjoyable disc handily earns its place in one's summer listening fare!

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
These are Percy Grainger's works for large chorus and orchestra, and they tell us some important things about him.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Austr (2012-08-30_2012-09-01&2012-).



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Works Details

>Grainger, Percy : King Solomon's Espousals, for soprano, chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: Sydney Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (2012-09-03_2012-09-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Grainger, Percy : Danny Deever, song for baritone, male chorus & piano (KS 12)
  • Performer: Jose Carbo
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (08/30/2012-09/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1922
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grainger, Percy : Marching Song of Democracy, for chorus, organ & orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (08/30/2012-09/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1901-1917
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grainger, Percy : The Wraith of Odin, for double chorus & orchestra (or piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (2012-09-03_2012-09-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Grainger, Percy : The Hunter in His Career, song for piano (OEPM 4)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (2012-09-03_2012-09-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Grainger, Percy : Sir Eglamore, for 2 choruses, brass, strings & percussion with harps ad lib. (BFMS 13)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (2012-09-03_2012-09-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Grainger, Percy : The Lads of Wamphray, for male chorus (or chorus) & orchestra
  • Performers: Andrew Morton; Alexander Knight (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (2012-09-03_2012-09-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Grainger, Percy : The Bride's Tragedy, for chorus & orchestra (with male chorus ad lib.)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (08/30/2012-09/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grainger, Percy : Tribute to Foster, for 5 soloists, chorus, piano, musical glasses & orchestra (or second piano)
  • Performers: Timothy Reynolds; Victoria Lambourn; Nicholas Dinopoulos (Bass Baritone); Jessica Aszodi; Ben Namdarian
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (08/30/2012-09/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913-1931
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grainger, Percy : Thanksgiving Song, for 5 soloists (or chorus) & large chamber ensemble (edited by Peter Barry Ould)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (2012-09-03_2012-09-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1945