Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.
Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.
Hill-song No 2 is the result of a wish to present the fast, energetic elements of Hill-song No 1 as a single-type whole, without contrasting types of a slower, more dreamy nature. To this end, the bulk of the fast, energetic elements (of Hill-song No 1) were used, together with about the same extent of new material of a like character, and composed in London in April 1907, in which month the whole was put into shape. Hill-song No 2 was scored April 8-20, 1907, at Svinkløv, Jutland, Denmark, for 24 wind instruments, and dished up for two pianos, August 21-23, 1907, at Svinkløv.
The Hill-songs are available in their original versions for woodwind and also for two pianos and, in the case of Hill-song No 2, for wind band and for symphony orchestra without trombones, tuba or violins (as recorded here for the first time). Grainger dedicated this work to his life-long friend Balfour Gardiner, whose concerts in 1912 and 1913 helped establish Grainger’s reputation as a composer.
from notes by Steven Lloyd & Edward Johnson © 2020