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Ramble on Love from Der Rosenkavalier
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begun by 1920; completed after Grainger's mother Rose's suicide in 1922; Free Settings of Favourite Melodies No 4

Recordings
'Grainger: Piano Music' (CDA66884)
Grainger: Piano Music
Buy by post £10.50 CDA66884 
'Grainger: Rambles and Reflections' (CDH55454)
Grainger: Rambles and Reflections
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55454  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
APR7501  Download only  
'The Transcendental Tradition' (APR5630)
The Transcendental Tradition
APR5630  Download only  
Details
Track 11 on CDH55454 [7'08] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 4 on APR5630 [5'55] Download only
Track 8 on APR7501 CD5 [6'10] Download only

Ramble on Love from Der Rosenkavalier
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Grainger was a great admirer of the music of Richard Strauss, considering him to be a genius and ‘a humane soul whose music overflowed with the milk of human kindness’. Meetings between the two composers took place on various occasions during the early part of the twentieth century, and Strauss was on at least two occasions to conduct Grainger’s music in Germany. Work commenced on the Ramble on Love (‘Ramble on the love-duet in the opera “The Rose-Bearer” [Der Rosenkavalier] FSFM No 4’) before 1920. But it was his mother’s suicide in 1922 that drove Grainger to complete this most elaborate of all his piano paraphrases, with her name obliquely enshrined in the title. It is one of the most meticulously notated piano pieces in the repertoire, with copious use of the sostenuto (middle) pedal. An authentic interpretation requires the pianist to follow scrupulously Grainger’s numerous instructions. Thus the sumptuous sound world of Strauss is conjured up to dazzling effect in this transcription that marks the full range and summit of Grainger’s pianism.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould © 2002

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