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Grainger Edition, Vol.2 - Songs For Baritone

Percy Grainger , Stephen Varcoe , Penelope Thwaites Audio CD

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Much of Percy Grainger's output for solo voice and piano was arrangements of folk songs he had collected, arrangements which are often as original in the liberties they take as they are moving in the emotional content they add. Stephen Varcoe has the measure of this music, and his performance of the seven-minute ballad "Hard-hearted Barb'ra Ellen" is particularly impressive in its shifts of emotion; Penelope Thwaites's admirable accompaniment brings out the deliberately over-the-top aspects of a setting which Grainger, who somewhat disapproved of the ballad's theme of lovers united in death rather than consummation, wrote slightly with his tongue in his cheek. Most of the songs are given without any complicating irony; Varcoe and Thwaites are affectingly simple in "Willow, Willow". There are some impressive Kipling settings here as well--"Soldier, soldier, home from the wars" is set simply, almost indeed as if it were another folk-song. Varcoe's characterisation of the evasive answers the dead soldier's friend gives his sweetheart makes Kipling's mock cockney almost delicate, and Thwaites is simple here; sometimes less is more. --Roz Kaveney

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5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort food for the ears. 16 Jan 2007
By B. Marold - Published on Amazon.com
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'Songs for Baritone' by Percy Grainger, the second in a Chandos series, 'The Grainger Edition' is simply lovely classical 'musik'. If 'Tommy' by The Who is aged Scotch and Mozart's 'Requium' is Lobster and Schubert's Lieder are many vitages of fine wines, Grainger's songs strike me as being mashed potatoes and meat loaf. They don't have the high octane emotional punch of either 'Pinball Wizard' or Beethoven's Nineth symphony, but they make you feel good when you listen to them. I will even go so far as to say that they make you feel better than listening to my very favorite 20th century songwriter, Kurt Weill, but then Weill's work has qualities Grainger lacks. The best thing one can say about this album is that it leaves you wanting more!
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