A new CD 'Percy & Friends: The Music of Grainger and his Circle' will be released this month by Heritage. American pianist, Richard Masters explores the piano works of Percy Grainger and his circle – while a student at the Hoch Conservatory, Frankfurt, Grainger studied piano with James Kwast and composition with Ivan Knorr. Knorr provided a key connection to four other composition students who would eventually be known as the Frankfurt Group. The group was comprised of five English-speaking expatriates: Grainger, Norman O’Neill (1875-1934), Cyril Scott (1879-1970), Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877-1950), and Roger Quilter (1877-1953).
Roger Quilter: Summer Evening (from Three Pieces, Op. 16)
Henry Balfour Gardiner: Con brio (from Shenadoah and Other Pieces); Adagio (from Five Pieces); Gavotte (from Five Pieces)
Cyril Scott: Lento (from Two Pierrot Pieces, Op. 35); Pierrette; Cherry Ripe; Rainbow Trout
Norman O’Neill: Deux Petites Pièces, Op. 27;
Frederick Delius: In a Summer Garden (trans. Philip Heseltine)
Percy Grainger: Bridal Lullaby; Shepherd’s Hey; Colonial Song; Spoon River; The Nightingale and the Two Sisters; Scotch Strathspey and Reel
To purchase, or for more information, please visit Heritage website: https://www.heritage-records.com/shop/keyboard/heritage-keyboard/percy-friends-the-music-of-grainger-and-his-circle/