MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around 2024
60,000 reviews
... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all Bridge reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing




CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

Percy GRAINGER (1882- 1961)
Rambles and Reflections - Piano Transcriptions by Grainger
The Carman's Whistle 'Air and Variations' BK36 [4:21] William Byrd (1539/40-1623)
Now, oh now I needs must part [4:28] John Dowland (1563-1626)
Hornpipe from Water Music [1:42] George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Handelian Rhapsody [6:'22] Cyril Scott (1879-1970)
Air and Dance [4:34] Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
Four Irish Dances; Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
No 1: A March-Jig 'Maguire's Kick' [3:21] No 2: A Slow Dance [4:33] No 3: The Leprechaun's Dance [2:52] No 4: A Reel [4:08] Beautiful Fresh Flower [1:48] Anonymous - traditional
Ramble on Love from Der Rosenkavalier [7:08] Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Cradle Song (No 4 of Fünf Lieder, Op 49) [3:41] Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Après un rêve Op 7 No 1 [2:56] Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Nell Op 18 No 1 [2:33] Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Paraphrase on Tchaikovsky's Flower Waltz [6:33] Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
The man I love [3:45] George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Love walked in [3:35] George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Lullaby (Extract from Tribute to Foster) [6:20] Stephen Foster (1826-1864)
Piers Lane (piano)
rec. April 2001

Experience Classicsonline

This Helios reissue was first released on Hyperion CDA67279 nearly a decade ago. It remains a fine disc, and enshrines some of Grainger’s major, and a few minor, transcriptions. They’re all played with an engaging sense of vitality and, where appropriate, chiselled rhythmic sense. Piers Lane never dawdles, and invariably invigorates.

The disc opens with a litmus test of Grainger performance, the Air and variations by Byrd, better known as The Carman’s Whistle and played with warm lyricism and beautifully balanced appreciation of the dictates of the tune. It’s often taken slower, indeed Martin Jones in his Nimbus boxed set of Grainger’s solo piano works takes it considerably slower. Both approaches work, but arguably a tighter tempo grip is the more appropriate. The programme is by no means slavishly chronological – the chronology referring to the composers whose works are transcribed, not that of the date Grainger reclothed them – but it is very broadly so. Therefore Byrd is followed by Dowland and Handel, in proper chronology, but then by Cyril Scott and Stanford which isn’t. This matters not at all. The Scott, in fact, offers a rare chance to hear a transcription that is overlooked, the Handelian Rhapsody. It’s quite an expressive piece, full of brio and chordal panache; of Handel there is little sign, nor of Scott too, really, for that matter.

Grainger’s transcription of Stanford’s Four Irish Dances is, by contrast, very well known. Lane takes sensible tempi and characterises finely. Jones is a touch faster but no more communicative. The ‘Ramble on Love’ is from Rosenkavalier, one of his most famous such transcriptions. Where Jones luxuriates in its aching beauty, Lane presses a bit onwards, reining in the languor and bittersweet harmonies. In his 78 in 1929 Grainger drove through it in just over six minutes, though possibly it was to fit two sides of the disc. Of the two Fauré settings, I’ve always much preferred Nell to Après un rêve because the former sounds so much more idiomatic. The Paraphrase on Tchaikovsky's Flower Waltz is powerfully engaging in Lane’s hands. When the composer set down his version in 1918 – two takes have survived – he had to hustle through it, brilliantly though he did it. Rightly the disc ends with the treble burnish of Stephen Foster via Grainger’s tribute to him – music of affection and once more considerable warmth.

Lane’s excellent, acutely perceptive recording emerges quite as recommendable as in its first incarnation.

Jonathan Woolf









Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Past and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.