Percy Grainger      (5-Appian APR 7501)
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Percy Grainger      (5-Appian APR 7501)
P0808. PERCY GRAINGER: The Complete 78rpm Solo Recordings, incl. Bach, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Grieg, Debussy, Scott, Grainger, etc. (England) 5-Appian APR 7501, recorded 1908-45. Transfers by Ward Marston. Specially priced. Currently out-of-stock. - 5024709175017


“For this mammoth undertaking APR have wisely arranged that John Bird’s lengthy and authoritative essay on Grainger the pianist and his recordings, originally published in International Piano Quarterly (Autumn 1997) should be included in their booklet. Bird points out that during Grainger’s lifetime his fame as a pianist eclipsed his reputation as a composer. In 2011, the fiftieth anniversary of his death, the balance has tipped very much the other way, and so it is good now to have such a substantial reminder of his powers as an executant….The amount of work that has gone into assembling this set, which contains some very rare material, must have been prodigious. Ward Marston’s transfers are excellent and APR are to be congratulated on another fine achievement.”


“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.”

- Z. D. Akron