The Australian born composer and pianist Percy Grainger (1882–1961) maintained a lifelong affection for the wind band as a performance medium for his works. “As a vehicle of deeply emotional expression,” he once said, “it seems to me unrivalled.” Grainger’s initial commitment to the ensemble was hands-on: during a stay in London in 1901 he would regularly purchase a new wind instrument and teach himself how to play it. Two years as a bandsman in the American army a decade later cemented that affinity. Raymond Bisha introduces a new recording of Grainger’s music for wind band that showcases both his exceptional ability as an arranger and orchestrator and outstanding performances by the Royal Norwegian Navy Band, conducted by Bjarte Engeset.
View album details of Grainger’s Complete Music for Wind Band Vol. 1 at Naxos.com
Catalogue No.: 8.573679