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Hyperion Records

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Front illustration by Roland Piper (b?)
Track(s) taken from CDH55454
Recording details: April 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Amanda Hurton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 2002
Total duration: 4 minutes 34 seconds

'Musically enchanting fare … everything is played with unfaltering command … the recording and presentation are immaculate' (Gramophone)

'Inspired re-creations … strongly recommended to connoisseur and newcomer alike … Grainger's eclectic, idiosyncratic piano transcriptions, despatched with light-fingered clarity. Strauss swoons, Stephen Foster's all of a tingle. Excellent notes, too' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A delight from start to finish' (The Observer)

'Beautiful tone and colours … playing of real beauty in the two exquisite Fauré arrangements' (International Record Review)

'Salon esprit without sentimentality and with a touch of humor and poetry: what more could one ask from this music?' (American Record Guide)

'Heroic stamina by Piers Lane' (The Times)

'A charming recital, beautifully played and recorded' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Lane boasts a fabulous technique … succulent performances' (Fanfare, USA)

'A fine selection … an easy listen that often delights the ear' (Pianist)

'This disc moves into the fruitful territory of Percy Grainger’s piano transcriptions, allowing Piers Lane to indulge in flights of virtuosic fantasy and reveal the emotional breadth of these works' (Music Week)

‘Piers Lane rises to this repertoire’s not-inconsiderable challenges in a judiciously programmed and brilliantly executed recital’ (ClassicsToday.com)

'It is one of those CDs where surprise comes on surprise. Great fun' (Essex Chronicle)

‘Piers Lane concilie le panache avec une sensibilité très vive’ (Diapason, France)

'Le pianiste joue franc jeu et rend un bel hommage au compositeur' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)

Air and Dance
composer
1915; for string orchestra
arranger
1927-1930

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Grainger first met Frederick Delius (1862–1934) in 1907, and this was to be a turning point in both men’s lives. They took to each other immediately and their paths were to cross many times. Delius had a great admiration for the young Australian, considering him to be ‘a genius—one of the greatest composers’, endowed with the gift of true originality. It was Delius who also encouraged Grainger to desist from withholding his works from public performance. The piano solo transcription of Delius’s Air and Dance dates from 1927 to 1930. The original manuscript of Grainger’s arrangement came into the possession of Bernard van Dieren, and was only discovered when a number of Delius manuscripts were put up for sale at Sotheby’s by van Dieren’s son in 1964. The original work, written in 1915 for string orchestra, is a comparatively simple-textured piece in one movement. Grainger’s piano arrangement makes full use of the harmonic language inherent in the original, and employs the sustaining pedal to clarify harmonic changes over static pedal notes. The piece is in one continuous movement with the Dance growing naturally out of the Air.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould © 2002

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