Our first recording for March is another release from the Dallas Wind Symphony. Jerry Junkin leads this internationally known ensemble on a CD dedicated to music for Band by Percy Grainger. Whether you played in your school band or are completely new to this literature, the works of Grainger hold a special place in the collection.
Percy Grainger was born in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, but studied composition in Germany. He was part of the so-called “Frankfurt Group,” a group of composers who all studied at the Hoch Conservatory in the late 1890′s, which included Cyril Scott, Henry Balfour Gardiner, Norman O’Neill and Roger Quilter.
Grainger is known for his early use of 20 century techniques well before the time when they became established. And he utilized many of those methods in his best-known work, “Lincolnshire Posy.”
Our quick pick this week is the newest release from pianist Garrick Ohlsson, an artist who seems to record faster than many other artists learn music. On this CD he performs the complete etudes of Alexander Scriabin.