February 19: with the lovely Richard to hear a wonderful programme of Percy Grainger. PG was Australian and had a great interest in music from the Far East which played a great part in some of his compositions. Always of interest to someone of my mixed background.
Here is PG’s take on Dowland’s “Now Oh, Now” – the original plangency remains but with a bitter-sweet edge.
Pianist Penelope Thwaites from Vol III of Grainger’s complete piano works.