Happy holidays to everyone! Here is a bit of Christmas piano music that keeps haunting me. I first heard it on Naxos in a piano CD by Jeffrey Biegel, then QXR was playing it, and then it was pervading a shopping center. Odd musical message from the universe or just the availability heuristic?
Anyway, here it is: eccentric composer-pianist Percy Grainger’s setting of the Mummers’ Carol.
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“don’t drag at all, soften and slacken,” i always say. but also: so beautiful, Arthur! xmas love, h
Hello! Thank you for this feature–yes, the Grainger is a hauntingly beautiful arrangement! I just wanted to clarify–the recording is on the Steinway & Sons label cd, A Steinway Christmas Album, which is distributed by Naxos, but not on the Naxos label. Hope you have a peaceful holiday season! Best for 2015!
Thanks! And must add that the whole album is a nice piece of work, interesting piano arrangements, adventurous rep–particularly the mash ups, beautifully played, and not hackneyed–which is saying something given how much Christmas music is done to death. http://www.amazon.com/Steinway-Christmas-Album-Jeffrey-Biegel/dp/B005GL89OM