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“Recording the complete music for wind orchestra by the Australian composer and pianist Percy Aldridge Grainger has been a most inspiring experience. We very much enjoyed the diversity and detailed originality inherent in these scores. The recordings emphasise specific instruments Grainger included in the scores, such as the Hammond organ, tin whistles, Swiss hand bells, bass saxophone and steel marimbaphone.

Grainger was musically innovative: his scores are often full of energy and generosity, but also convey a certain darkness and melancholy, focusing on themes from quite morbid folk song texts.”

Bjarte Engeset, conductor

Final Volume
GRAINGER, P.: Wind Band Music (Complete), Vol. 3
Percy GRAINGER (1882–1961)
Complete Music for Wind Band, Vol. 3
The Immovable Do • A Lincolnshire Posy • Hill-Song No. 1

Hans Knut Sveen, Organ
The Royal Norwegian Navy Band • Bjarte Engeset

The final volume of Percy Grainger’s complete music for wind band once again respects his precise instrumental demands in pieces that span the breadth of his career, from his first large work in the genre, The Lads of Wamphray March, to The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart, his largest such work and one of his last. Also to be heard are A Lincolnshire Posy, one of the genre’s most famous and beautiful works; The Immovable Do, which contains ‘the most long-held pedal note in all music’; and the revolutionary Hill-Song No. 1, which Grainger considered the greatest of all his compositions.

Listen to an extract from A Lincolnshire Posy:
IV. The Brisk Young Sailor
Previous releases in the series
“There is not a dull moment anywhere”
“The playing is crisp, fresh and fleet”
MusicWeb International
“This is a fascinating dive into
unfamiliar territory”
Lark Reviews
“The complete cycle of Grainger's music for wind band by the Royal Norwegian Navy Band is cause for celebration. The intonation is flawless, and conductor Bjarte Engeset has a feel for Grainger's music.”
“The performances here are just amazing with excellent phrasing and interpretations.”
Listen to Raymond Bisha's podcast about Vol. 1 of the edition

About the Artists
Bjarte Engeset © Ulf Palm
Bjarte Engeset has served as music director of the Tromsø Symphony Orchestra and The Norwegian Wind Ensemble, artistic director of Northern Norway’s Northern Lights Festival and Opera Nord, and permanent guest conductor of the Flemish Radio Orchestra. His discography includes more than 30 best-selling recordings, including an eight-disc set of Grieg’s complete orchestral works on Naxos. His research and editorial work within the Norsk musikkarv (‘Norwegian Music Heritage’) project, especially on the orchestral music of Grieg, Svendsen, Irgens-Jensen and Tveitt, has been pivotal.
The Royal Norwegian Navy Band © Jon Klasbu
The Royal Norwegian Navy Band is one of five professional military bands in Norway. It is a unique and popular ensemble that plays concerts both in Norway and abroad. The band won a ‘Norwegian GRAMMY’ (Spellemannprisen) in 2003 and has collaborated with several of Norway’s most famous singers and musicians. In 2017 the band won the ‘Best Large Ensemble’ YAMaward for their multi-media production, The Planets.
More recordings directed by Bjarte Engeset
[8-CD boxed set]

Complete Orchestral Works

Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Engeset
“Excellent performances… by Engeset and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.”
Violin Concertos

Kraggerud • Malmö Symphony Orchestra
“Kraggerud and Sweden’s Malmö Symphony Orchestra under Bjarte Engeset have plainly worked with the music extensively.”
“[The Fourth Piano Concerto] is superbly played by Håvard Gimse and the Scottish Orchestra under Bjarte Engeset.”
The Penguin Guide
Norwegian Rhapsodies
Romeo and Juliet

South Jutland Symphony Orchestra • Engeset
“These are bracing, clearly enthusiastic and marvelously well played readings… Engeset is very near the top of the chart”
American Record Guide
Percy Grainger on Grand Piano
“This music rarely fails to bring a smile to listeners. It is creative, well-crafted, and eminently listenable on many levels.”
American Record Guide

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