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The Grainger Edition [Box set]

Susan Gritton , Della Jones , Pamela Helen Stephen , Martyn Hill , Mark Padmore , Mark Tucker , Johan Reuter , Stephen Varcoe , Tim Hugh , John Lavendar , Wayne Marshall , Penelope Thwaites , Geoffrey Tozer , Percy Grainger , Richard Hickox , Jesper Grove Jorgensen , Timothy Reynish , Clark Rundell , Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus , Academy of St Martin in the Fields , Danish Radio Choir , Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra , Joyful Company of Singers , Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra , City of London Sinfonia , BBC Philharmonic Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Danish Radio Choir, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Joyful Company of Singers, et al.
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox, Jesper Grove Jorgensen, Timothy Reynish, Clark Rundell
  • Composer: Percy Grainger
  • Audio CD (February 22, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 19
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B004HEDGGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With 127 premiere recordings, 19 CDs for the price of four has to be the bargain of the year. --Gramophone, Jeremy Nicholas, April 2011

Product Description

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Percy Grainger's death in 1961, we are re-issuing The Grainger Edition, Volumes 1-19, in a nineteen-disc box set, which will be available at a very special price.The box set demonstrates the extraordinary range of Grainger's compositional styles, including orchestral works, works for wind orchestra and for chorus and orchestra, solo songs, works for chamber ensemble, as well as works for solo piano, here performed by Penelope Thwaites.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Jeff V.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Percy Grainger's death, the Grainger Edition is a recently released compilation of the 19 individual recordings from Chando's Grainger series. These were all recorded and released between 1992 and 2002. While the individual works are too numerous to mention here, I've included a summary of arrangements by CD:

CDs 1-3: Orchestral Works I-III
CDs 4-7: Works for Chorus and Orchestra I-IV
CD 8: Works for Unaccompanied Chorus
CDs 9-10: Works for Wind Orchestra I-II
CDs 11-12: Works for Chamber Ensemble I-II
CD 13: Songs for Mezzo
CD 14: Songs for Tenor
CD 15: Songs for Baritone
CD 16: Works for Pianos
CDs 17-19: Works for Solo Piano I-III

This is a somewhat difficult set to recommend, even though I personally love Grainger's works. Over a lifetime of playing in various wind/symphonic ensembles and bands, I've always enjoyed performing his works. In fact, Lincolnshire Posy is an absolute masterpiece for band. Other favorites over the years have included Shepherd's Hey, Country Gardens, Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon, Handel in the Strand, etc. The challenge is that Grainger, who was a collector and arranger of English folk songs, arranged many of these for multiple ensembles. This means that in a collection like this, there are multiple versions of works like Shepherd's Hey (Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, etc.). I don't have a problem with it, but other collectors might not be as interested.

On the other hand, Grainger's voice is unique. Even when you hear different arrangements of the same piece, there is enough variety to always keep things interesting.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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First, I'd extend appreciation to the previous reviewer for lsiting the contents of this great set, and for his perceptive comments. I would like to second his main points that the sound quality of this set rank with Chandos best (which means that it ranks with the finest in the industry) and that it is both inconvenient, and a damn shame that Chandos chose not to print the contents of each disc on the back of the individual cardboard sleeves. Flipping through the comprehensive and informative booklet for track listings is inconvenient and cumbersome.

That said - I do feel the need to respond to the reviewe's statement that this may be too much of a good thing for most people. This is not at all a difficult set to recommend. In fact, for those who are looking to explore some new music that they are probably not at all familiar with, I'd say it is somewhat essential - especially given the consideration that this set is selling for about $4/disc! (The amazon shipping charges alone on 19 individual discs would cost nearly as much as this set)

I came to Grainger late in life. I had long enjoyed Gardiner's magnificent single disc collection of orchestral/choral works, Danny Boy. Danny Boy: Songs and Dancing Ballads by Percy Grainger inexplicably now selling for pennies on the amazon used market. (This would remain a first choice for a single disc compilation of Grainger's work). Deciding to dip my feet a bit deeper into the Grainger waters I purchased several of the individual discs in this series - orchestral, choral, piano, wind and baritone songs. With each purchase I was delighted by the music. This is not deep classical music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for anyone who loves Grainger December 1, 2012
By scpd
Format:Audio CD
This 19 CD set contains all of Percy Grainger's works for a variety of ensembles. Included is a thick booklet filled with track listings, brief histories of each piece, and the lyrics to the vocal works. Not sure if all of the recordings in the set are of his original settings; in the booklet some tracks say "premiere recording of this version." Others say "edited for performance by (...)". As a Grainger enthusiast I really just want to listen to his original settings since there are already a countless number of arrangements of everything he's done.

I wouldn't say that any of the recordings are the best of the best but they are still top-notch. I got this set from Amazon right when it first came out, and it was less than $30. For some reason Chandos has increased the base price to 53 euros ($70+) which I think is a bit much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXPAND YOUR MUSIC TASTE BEYOND COUNTRY GARDEN May 10, 2013
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Well what can I say,I bought this box set of 19cd and has been listening for two weeks and give it a rest and then listen again because it is addictive melodious music.The tune will remind you of past that you have fond memories,for me it is England.It is like recieving a box of chocholate and once you tasted one,you have to finish the whole box. You can listern to the box set without being sick.You can listen to some of tune in different format,in song,piano,orchestral and wind instrument.Highly recommended and you will not regret buying it.what a treat to listen to the music after a hard day work.I do not whether this music will conjure any memories of America past.Why not take the incentive and I am confident that you will be more pleased with your purchase.Happy listening and you will not regret it.
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