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PERCY GRAINGER The complete 78rpm solo recordings

APR7501
5CDs
COMPACT DISC 1 (79.09)
The Gramophone Company Limited, and Sister Companies 16 May 1908
1. GRIEG Cadenza from 1st movement of Concerto in A minor Op 16
2. LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No 12 2nd half
3. STANFORD-GRAINGER A March-Jig; Maguire's Kick; from Four Irish Dances
His Master's Voice 4 July 1914
4. GRAINGER Shepherd's Hey
5. GRAINGER Mock Morris
6. DEBUSSY Toccata from Pour le piano
Columbia Graphophone Company, U.S.A. 1917-1924
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. HANDEL-GRAINGER Hornpipe from Water Music
8. GLUCK-BRAHMS Gavotte from Iphigénie en Aulide
9. CHOPIN Waltz in A flat major Op 42
10. CHOPIN Prelude in A flat major Op 28 No 17
11. CHOPIN Prelude in A flat major Op 28 No 17
12. CHOPIN Polonaise in A flat major Op 53 abridged
13. CHOPIN Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor Op 31 abridged
14. SCHUMANN Warum? from Fantasiestücke Op 12
15. LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No 2
16. LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No 12
17. LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No 15
18. LISZT Polonaise No 2 in E major

COMPACT DISC 2 (77.12)
Columbia Graphophone Company, U.S.A. 1917-1924, continued
1. LISZT Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes abridged with Columbia Concert Band
2. LISZT Liebestraum No 3 in A flat major
3. BRAHMS-GRAINGER Cradle Song
4. BRAHMS Waltz in A flat major Op 39 No 15
5. DETT Juba Dance from In the Bottoms
6. GUION Turkey in the Straw
7. MACDOWELL To a Water-Lily from Woodland Sketches
8. SINDING Rustle of Spring Op 32 No 3
9. SCHARWENKA Polish Dance in E flat minor Op 3 No 1
10. TCHAIKOVSKY-GRAINGER Flower Waltz Paraphrase
11. TCHAIKOVSKY-GRAINGER Flower Waltz Paraphrase
12. DEBUSSY Golliwog's Cake-Walk from Children's Corner
13. GRIEG Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op 65 No 6
14. GRIEG Norwegian Bridal Procession Op 19 No 2
15. GRIEG Norwegian Bridal Procession Op 19 No 2
16. GRIEG To Spring Op 43 No 6
17. GRAINGER One More Day, My John
18. GRAINGER Spoon River American Folk Song
19. GRAINGER Molly on the Shore
20. GRAINGER Country Gardens
21. GRAINGER Shepherd's Hey
22. GRAINGER Country Gardens
23. GRAINGER Shepherd's Hey
24. GRAINGER The Gum-Suckers March from In a Nutshell

COMPACT DISC 3 (76.19)
Columbia Phonograph Company, U.S.A. 1925-1931
1. BACH-TAUSIG-BUSONI-GRAINGER Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565
2. BACH-LISZT Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV543

3. BACH-LISZT Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV542

SCHUMANN Piano Sonata No 2 in G minor Op 22 1 June 1927
4. So rasch wie möglich
5. Andantino Getragen
6. Scherzo Sehr rasch und markiert
7. Rondo Presto
SCHUMANN Études symphoniques Op 13
8. Thema Andante
9. Variation I Un poco piú vivo
10. Variation II
11. Étude III Vivace
12. Variation III
13. Variation IV
14. Variation V
15. Variation VI Allegro molto
16. Variation VII
17. Étude IX Presto possibile
18. Variation VIII
19. Variation IX
20. Finale Allegro brillante
21. SCHUMANN Romance in F sharp major Op 28 No 2
22. LISZT Liebestraum No 3 in A flat major

COMPACT DISC 4 (77.37)
Columbia Phonograph Company, U.S.A. 1925-1931, continued
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor Op 35
1. Grave - Doppio movimento
2. Scherzo
3. Marche funébre
4. Presto
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58
5. Allegro maestoso
6. Scherzo Molto vivace
7. Largo
8. Finale Presto non tanto
9. CHOPIN Prelude in A flat major Op 28 No 17
10. CHOPIN Étude in B minor Op 25 No 10
11. CHOPIN Étude in C minor Op 25 No 12
12. BRAHMS Waltz in A flat major Op 39 No 15
13. GRIEG Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op 65 No 6
14. GRIEG To Spring Op 43 No 6
15. GRAINGER One More Day, My John
16. DEBUSSY Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
17. DEBUSSY Toccata from Pour le piano
18. GUION Sheep and Goat Walkin' to the Pasture
19. BACH Gigue from Partita No 1 in B flat major BWV825

COMPACT DISC 5 (79.48)
Columbia Phonograph Company, U.S.A. 1925-1931, continued
BRAHMS Piano Sonata No 3 in F minor Op 5
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante espressivo
3. Scherzo Allegro energico
4. Intermezzo Andante molto
5. Finale Allegro moderato ma rubato
6. BRAHMS-GRAINGER Cradle Song
7. BACH-GRAINGER Blithe Bells Ramble on "Sheep May Safely Graze"
8. STRAUSS-GRAINGER Ramble on Love Paraphrase of finale from Der Rosenkavalier
9. GRAINGER Molly on the Shore
10. GRAINGER Country Gardens
11. GRAINGER Shepherd's Hey
12. GRAINGER Jutish Medley
Decca, U.S.A. 1945

13. GRAINGER Molly on the Shore
14. GRAINGER Irish Tune from County Derry
15. GRAINGER Country Gardens
16. GRAINGER One More Day, My John
17. DETT Juba Dance from In the Bottoms
18. DETT Prelude: Night from In the Bottoms abridged

19. SCOTT Lento from Pierrot Pieces
20. SCOTT Danse négre
21. SCOTT Cherry Ripe


This release is a tribute to the pianism of Percy Grainger who died 50 years ago in February 1961.Grainger was the most reluctant of virtuosos, always wishing that he he would be remembered primarily as a composer, yet his fame as an executant and the large number of recordings he made, attest to his greatness as a pianist. Very few of Grainger's recordings are currently available, and indeed many have never been transfered to CD before, so this set is a discographic landmark which finally reveals, in state-of-the-art transfers by Ward Marston, the true glory of Grainger the performer. His particular passions of Bach and Grieg are well represented (he become a close friend and favoured interpreter of the latter in that composer's last years) but there are also ground-breaking performances of some of the great warhorses of the 19th century. In particular, Grainger's recording of the Chopin B minor Sonata, the first ever of that work, has long been regarded as one of the classics of the Gramophone. Finally, there are 26 tracks of Grainger playing Grainger - surely these definitive performances alone attest to the timeless importance of this ouvre.


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