Grainger 'Country Gardens' and other Piano Favourites
Composer, virtuoso pianist, inventor, avid collector of folk-song - Percy Aldridge Grainger remains one of the most underrated and misunderstood musical geniuses of the 20th century. In his lifetime he was known principally as an indefatigable concert pianist; since his death in 1961 (the date astonishes many people who think he died some time around the Second World War) his reputation has tended to rest on his brilliantly orchestrated arrangements of folk-tunes (Country Gardens & Shepherd’s Hey for instance) and Grainger’s stature as a composer in his own right has largely been ignored.
"Martin Jones is a superb advocate for this rich kaleidoscope. His playing is delightfully exuberant and he is able to reach both the thunderous heights of power demanded by the Tchaikovsky concerto transcription and the delicacy of fingerwork required in folksongs such as 'Molly on the Shore'. He handles Grainger's complex counterpoints and voicing with superb clarity, achieving quasi-orchestral textures and colouring ..."
Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine
Martin Jones’s recordings of Percy Grainger have been gathered together into a 5-CD box set of the Complete Works, NI1767. This generous selection is not a reissue of a single CD from the set but a compendium of Grainger’s best-known works.