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Rambles And Reflections

Piers Lane Audio CD
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1. The Carman's Whistle, air and variations for piano (after William Byrd)
2. Now, O now, I needs must part, song transcription for piano (after John Dowland; 2 versions; FS)
3. Hornpipe, arranged for piano (after Handel's Water Music Suite No. 1; FS 2)
4. Handelian Rhapsody, for piano (ed. Percy Grainger), Op. 17 (W 134)
5. Air and Dance, transcription for piano (after Delius; edited by Threlfall)
6. Irish Dances (4), transcription for piano (after Charles Villiers Stanford): A March-Jig (Maguire's Kick)
7. Irish Dances (4), transcription for piano (after Charles Villiers Stanford): A Slow Dance
8. Irish Dances (4), transcription for piano (after Charles Villiers Stanford): The Leprechaun's Dance
9. Irish Dances (4), transcription for piano (after Charles Villiers Stanford): A Reel
10. Beautiful Fresh Flower, folk song for piano (after traditional Chinese music)
11. Ramble on Love, for piano (after the Love Duet from Richard Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier;' FS 4)
12. Cradle Song, arrangement for piano (after Brahms, Op. 49/4; FS 1)
13. Après un Rêve, song transcription for piano (after Fauré, Op. 7/1; FS 7)
14. Nell, song transcription for piano (after Fauré, Op. 18/1; FS 3)
15. Paraphrase on Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers, for piano
16. The Man I Love, concert adaptation for piano (after Gershwin's song transcription for piano)
17. Love Walked In, transcription for piano (after Gershwin)
18. Lullaby from 'Tribute To Foster', for piano (complex version)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical curios but much more March 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
Percy Grainger is a distinctive figure in the history of classical music and piano playing, an odd mix of blazing talent and homespun musical naivete. From his piano transcriptions gathered here on this CD there is no doubt about his ability to get around the keyboard, or his extraordinarily wide-ranging musical tastes. His musical treatments encompass everything from William Byrd to George Gershwin, with varying degrees of success as far as taste and appropriateness are concerned, but always with captivating virtuosity and an unerring ear for effective piano sonority. One half-smiles, half-cringes at the startling harmonies in which a Dowland lute piece is clothed, for example; on the other hand, the sugar-spun embroidery he lavishes on his version of the first-act duet from Der Rosenkavalier is entirely appropriate to the original.
Piers Lane performs all of this frequently finger-breaking music with digital dexterity and loving care, though some of the more demanding passages come off as cautious rather than coruscating. There can be no doubt about the quality of the recorded sound, however, or the beautiful sounds of the Fazioli piano he uses. All in all, this particular out-of-the way corner of the repertory has been given the deluxe treatment on this CD.
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