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Grainger Works For Large Chorus & Orchestra

Andrew Davis/ Mso
"This disc contains works by Grainger in versions for large choral forces, performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under its new Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis, and featuring the Sydney Chamber Choir and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus. The recording continues on from our nineteen-disc Grainger Edition box and brings our long-running Grainger survey to an end.
Percy Grainger had a lifelong interest in poetry and prose. When he was a young boy, his mother would sing him to sleep with Stephen Foster’s Camptown Races, the memories of which were later recalled in the musical extravaganza Tribute to Foster. In his youth, Grainger was intrigued by the Icelandic sagas, which led to a deep fascination with all things Norse, and ultimately inspired works such as The Wraith of Odin. The books by Kipling were another great inspiration during Grainger’s student days in Frankfurt; Danny Deever, from Kipling’s Barrack-Room Ballads, is a grim depiction of the execution of Deever for the murder of a fellow soldier. From passages of the ‘Song of Solomon’ sprang the mammoth setting King Solomon’s Espousals."-(from Chandos Records)

(Chandos) CHSA5121

Track Listing Extract:
Grainger: Works for Large Chorus and Orchestra

The Bride's Tragedy
The Hunter in His Career
King Solomon’s Espousals
The Lads of Wamphray
Sir Eglamore
Tribute to Foster
Thanksgiving Song
The Wraith of Odin
Marching Song of Democracy
Danny Deever

Sydney Chamber Choir, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus & Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

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