Friday, 31 May 2013

Unrecorded Grainger

Despite running to 19 volumes, the Chandos Records Percy Grainger Edition never quite managed to record everything by the prolific Australian composers. A number of the pieces so far unrecorded are gems and now the Percy Grainger Society is seeking to recorded them so that the whole of Grainger's output will be available on disc. They are planning a 4-CD set of all Grainger's music for two pianos, four hands. The discs will include the re-release of Penelope Thwaites and John Lavender's three discs, originally issued on Pearl, plus a further new disc. This will be the first time that all of Grainger's music in this genre has been available on disc.

The combination of two pianists at two pianos is one which seems to have appealed to Grainger, and many of his works for the genre are little masterpieces. Thwaites and Lavender's existing recordings include the two piano versions of Grainger's Hill Song I, Warriors and Lincolnshire Posy which are all as strong in this format, if not more so. The new recording is scheduled for August 2013 in the new hall at Chetham's School of Music. If you would like to contribute, then further information and contact details can be found at the Grainger Society's Facebook page.

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