Title - 'Percy Grainger: Folk Music'
Artist - Claire Booth & Christopher Glynn
For those not in the know, Percy Grainger was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist. In the course of a long and innovative career he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk music in the early years of the 20th century.
He also made many adaptations of other composers' works. Although much of his work was experimental and unusual, the piece with which he is most generally associated is his piano arrangement of the folk-dance tune "Country Gardens".
Released this past April 7th, 2017 via AVIE Records, Percy Grainger: Folk Music brings together Soprano Claire Booth and pianist Christopher Glynn to lovingly explore the fascinating and multifaceted folk song output of the original and inventive composer, Percy Grainger.
1. "Bold William Taylor"
2. "Six Dukes Went a-Fishin'"
3. "Knight & Shepherd's Daughter"
4. "Lord Maxwell's Goodnight"
5. "My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone"
6. "The Pretty Maid milkin' her Cow"
7. "The Sprig of Thyme"
8. "The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol"
9. "The Twa Corbies"
10. "Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'"
11. "Died for Love"
12. "The Power of Love"
13. "Walking Tune"
14. "Willow Willow"
15. "Early One Morning"
16. "One More Day, My John"
17. "Hard-Hearted Barb'ra (H)Ellen"
18. "Country Gardens"
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.
Capturing perfectly, to my mind, the most enduring musical endeavors that Grainger would himself bring forth, it is very fitting that the album concludes with Grainger's most celebrated piece, the rousing, flowing "English Country Gardens"; in which Claire makes a cameo appearance on piano, joining Christopher in a rousing duet.
Indeed it is Grainger's own exploration and dissemination of folk music that was the core of his work and proves also to be for this highly talented duo. Percy Grainger: Folk Music is a musical journey of joyous exploration from start to finish and one that transports you back to a time when life was simpler and when folk music was first born.