Robert Woolley

Early Keyboard Instruments

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La Folia

La Folia


Bach, C P E:

Twelve Variationen über die Folie d'Espagne, Wq118/9/H263

Corelli:

Violin Sonata Op. 5 No. 12 in D minor (La folia)

Geminiani, F:

Concerto grosso after Corelli, No. 12 in D minor 'La Folia'

Marais, M:

Pièces de viole, Book II: Les Folies d'Espagne

Scarlatti, A:

Folia from Toccata No. 7 (Primo tono) from the Primo e Secondo Libro di Toccate

Vivaldi:

Trio Sonata, Op. 1 No. 12 for Two Violins & Continuo in D minor, RV 63 'La Follia'


Robert Woolley (harpsichord)

The Purcell Quartet, The Purcell Band

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Sweelinck: Works for Keyboard, Vol. 3

Sweelinck: Works for Keyboard, Vol. 3


Sweelinck:

Toccata C1, SwWV 282

Allemanda: Soll es sein

Fantasia auf die Manier eines Echo C1, SwWV 253

Toccata 2di Toni g2, SwWV 293

Pavana hispanica

Fantazia g3, SwWV 272

Toccata d1, SwWV 285

Ick voer al over Rhijn (I sailed on the Rhine)

Fantasia à 4 d2, SwWV259

Toccata g4, SwWV 295

Malle Sijmen

Fantasia d5, SwWV 262

Puer nobis nascitur

Fantasia à 4 C2, SwWV 254

Alemande de Chapelle

Fantasia re re re sol ut mi fa sol [à 2, 3, et 4 vocem] (G4)

Ballo del Granduca


Robert Woolley (harpsichord/virginal)

“[Woolley’s] judicious tempi, firm control of momentum and elegant tone…make him an utterly reliable guide to this solidly gifted and often affectingly lyrical composer” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

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Handel And His English Contemporaries

Handel And His English Contemporaries


Boyce:

Voluntary in D

Goodwin, S:

Voluntary VII in D major

Goodwin, W:

Voluntary VII in G major

Greene, M:

Voluntary VII in E flat

Voluntary in C minor

Handel:

Ottone - Overture

Jesu meine Freude, HWV480

Air in B-flat major, HWV469

Fugue in G minor, HWV605

Fugue in B-flat major, HWV607

[Verse] in F (Fitzwilliam, MS 260)

Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV348: Air

Fantaisie in C major, HWV490

Fugue in A minor, HWV609

A Voluntary for a Flight of Angels in C major, HWV600

James, John:

Voluntary VI in E minor

Nares:

Voluntary in A minor

Roseingrave:

Voluntary in G minor

Voluntary in G major

Stanley, J:

A Voluntary for the Trumpet Stop

Walond:

Voluntary X in A minor

Voluntary in G


A selection of organ music by Handel and his English contemporaries, played by internationally-respected early keyboard artist, Robert Woolley, in his first recording on the Regent label.

The disc includes both orginal organ music and contemporary eighteen-century transcriptions of works by Handel, together with orginal works for organ by the most renowed British composers of Handel’s time: William Boyce, Starling Goodwin, Maurice Greene, John James, James Nares, Thomas Roseingrave, John Stanley, and William Walond.

Played on the 1766 Thomas Parker organ in the church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Leatherhead. This instrument was reconstructed from orginal casework and pipework by the organ builders, Goetze & Gwynn, in 2007, and is a very rare example of organs from this period in England. This is the first recording of this delightful eighteenth-century instrument.

Robert Woolley is one of Europe's leading performers and teachers of the harpsichord, and other early keyboard instruments. He studied at the Royal College of Music ,where he is now Professor of Harpsichord and Clavichord, and was Director of the Early Music Department and Adviser for Early Music from 1985-2006.

He is well known as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player on the harpsichord, organ and fortepiano; his solo recordings include discs of music by Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Frescobaldi, Weckmann, Bohm, Handel, J S Bach, Scarlatti, Seixas and J C Bach for EMI, Virgin, Archiv, Hyperion and Chandos.

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Organ Music: Robert Woolley

Organ Music: Robert Woolley


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A Golden Treasury of Baroque Music (on original instruments)

A Golden Treasury of Baroque Music (on original instruments)


Various Artists, Alan Hacker, Richard Burnett, The Cambridge Baroque Camerata, Neil McLaren, Maggie Cole, Le Nouveau Quatuor, Andrew Watts, Lisa Beznosiuk, Nigel North, Frances Eustace, Preston's Pocket, Barry Mason, Robert Woolley

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Sweelinck - Keyboard Works Volume 2

Sweelinck - Keyboard Works Volume 2


Sweelinck:

Toccata Noni Toni SwWV297/L16

Est-ce Mars, SwWV 321

Paduana Lachrymae SwWV328/N10

Almande Gratie, SwWV318/N7 'More Palatino'

Toccata C2 SwWV283/L20

Die flichtig Nimphæ V 14

Toccata Primi Toni d2 SwWV286/L15

Mein junges Leben hat ein End - variations

Toccata a 3 G2 SwWV289/L23

Pavana Philippi, SwWV 329

Toccata Secundi Toni g1 SwWV292/L21

Von der Fortuna werd ich getrieben - Engelse Fortuijn SwWV320/N2

Onder een linde groen, SwWV 325

Fantasia Chromatica 'Dorian'


Robert Woolley (harpsichord and virginal)

As well as being one of the most famous organists and teachers of his time, Sweelinck was the last and most important composer of the musically rich golden era of the Netherlanders. His output comprises seventy works for keyboard, which represent some of the most richly imaginative music of the period, yet none was published during his lifetime.

Robert Woolley has a large discography on Chandos, both as a soloist and as a member of The Purcell Quartet, the ensemble he co-founded in 1983. An internationally regarded authority on the music of this period, he broadcasts regularly for the BBC and has performed and recorded on many historic instruments. On this recording, he plays two instruments: a modern copy by Malcolm Rose of the Lodewijk Theewes claviorgan of 1579, a harpsichord-organ combination which has belonged to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London since 1890; and a rarely heard virginal, or muselar, by the firm Adlam Burnett, based on an instrument of Ioannes Ruckers from 1611 in the Finchcocks collection.

None of the music in this varied and rewarding programme is well represented in the catalogue.

“A rich, rewarding brew of imaginative harpsichord music, expertly played. …these are pleasingly natural performances. There is not much competition in the world of Sweelinck recordings, but this stands out as an excellent harpsichord release in its own right.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2009

“What a fine composer Sweelinck was! This volume drives the point home by presenting several of his best compositions, including the imaginatively patterned variations on Esce mars and Unterder Linden grune, the weighty and implacable Fantasia crommatica (how Bach would surely have admired this piece) and the hauntingly beautiful variations on Mein junges Leben hat ein Endt.
Other works here include a take on Peter Philips's Pavana dolorosa, a lovingly plumped-up version of Dowland's Lachrymae, and a handful of improvisatory toccatas. Sweelinck brings together in his music many of the influences current in the first years of the 17th century – Italian flair, north European seriousness, English resonance and melodic grace – and makes of them a rich and rewarding brew, maintaining coherence by the force of his own good taste and sound compositional judgement.
Robert Woolley switches between two marvellous harpsichords – Malcolm Rose's currently much-in-demand copy of the Victoria and Albert Museum's 1579 Theewes claviorganum, and a deep and mellow copy by Derek Adlam of a 1611 Ruckers virginals. His playing, too, covers most bases. Without forcing the pace, he shows brilliant fingerwork in Esce mars or a piece like the Toccata C2, and achieves clarity and composure in the more melodically driven works. The toccatas occupy a convincing middle ground between the improvisatory and the written- out in feel, and tempi are for the most part expertly judged. In other words, these are pleasingly natural performances. There is not much competition in the world of Sweelinck recordings, but this stands out as an excellent harpsichord release in its own right.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Carlos Seixas - Harpsichord Sonatas

Carlos Seixas - Harpsichord Sonatas


Seixas:

Sonata in D minor (25 Sonatas no. 7)

Sonata in D minor (80 Sonatas no. 27)

Sonata in A major (80 Sonatas no. 57)

Sonata in F sharp minor (25 Sonatas no. 14)

Sonata in E major (80 Sonatas no. 34)

Sonata in C minor (80 Sonatas no. 12)

Sonata in G major (80 Sonatas no. 47)

Sonata in D minor (80 Sonatas no. 24)

Sonata in B flat major (80 Sonatas no. 78)

Sonata in E flat major (80 Sonatas no. 32)

Sonata in G minor (80 Sonatas no. 50)


Robert Woolley (harpsichord by Joaquin Jose Antunes Portugal 1785)

“Robert Woolley brings the music vividly to life...sparkling technical virtuosity” Gramophone Magazine

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Sweelinck - Keyboard Works Volume 1

Sweelinck - Keyboard Works Volume 1


Sweelinck:

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr

Da pacem, D35

Erbarm' dich, D36

Psalm 116, D40

Wij geloven, D43

Nun freut euch, D38

Psalm 140, D41

Mein junges Leben hat ein End - variations

Toccata, D31

Toccata, D23

Fantasia met bindigen, D8

Fantasia Ut re mi fa sol la, D7

Echo Fantasia, D5

Ricercar, D17

Fantasia 2,3,4 vocem, D10


Robert Woolley (the Van Hagerbeer organ of the Pieterskerk Leiden Hall)

“This generous disc of keyboard works falls squarely on the shoulders of the kaleidoscopic organ of the Pieterskerk in Leiden, Holland, rather than dividing the spoils between virginals, harpsichords and organs. Those who have encountered the supreme artistry of this composer at his best will relish the clarity of voicing and judicious registrations.” Gramophone Magazine

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Capriccio stravagante Volume 2

Capriccio stravagante Volume 2


Castello, D:

Sonata sesta from 'Sonate concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo'

for violin, trombone, organ & chitarrone

Frescobaldi:

Balletto, Corrente del Balletto and Passacagli from 'Toccate d'intavolatura di cimbalo et organo, libro primo' (Rome, 1637)

for harpsichord

Capriccio pastorale from 'Toccate d'intavolatura di cimbalo et organo, libro primo' (Rome, 1637)

for organ

Canzon terza from Canzoni da sonare, libro primo, 1634

for two violins, bass violin & organ

Capriccio del soggetto scritto sopra l'aria di Ruggiero from 'Toccate d'intavolatura di cimbalo et organo, libro primo' (Rome, 1637)

for harpsichord

Marini, B:

Canzon seconda from 'Sonate, symphonie, canzoni, pass'emezzi, baletti, corenti, gagliarde, & retornelli', Op. 8

for violin, two violas, bass violin & organ

Sonata septima sopra A voi dò vinto il cor from Op. 8

for two violins & chitarrone

Passamezzo concertato from Op. 8

for two violins & chitarrone

Picchi:

Canzon decima settima a doi chori from 'Canzoni da sonar'

for violin, two violas, bass violin, cornett, three trombones, organ & chitarrone

Canzon decima ottava a doi chori from 'Canzoni da sonar'

for violin, two violas, bass violin, cornett, three trombones, organ & chitarrone

Rossi, M:

Toccata decima from 'Toccate e corenti d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo' (Rome, c. 1634)

for organ

Rossi, S:

Sonata sopra l'aria di Ruggiero from 'Il terzo libro de varie sonate, sinfonie, gagliarde, brandi, e corrente'

for two violins & organ

Stradella:

Sinfonia 17

for two violins, bass violin & organ

Vitali, G:

Ciaccona from Op. 7

for two violins, bass violin & organ

Passagallo primo from 'Varie partite del passemezo, ciaccona, capricij, e passagali, a tre' Op. 7

for two violins, bass violin & harpsichord

Passagallo secondo from Op. 7

for two violins, bass violin & organ

Capriccio sopra dodici figure from Op. 7

for two violins, bass violin & organ

Passagallo terzo from Op. 7

for two violins, bass violin & harpsichord


Jane Rogers (viola), Jakob Lindberg (chitarrone), Robert Woolley (organ/harpsichord)

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Purcell Quartet

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Capriccio stravagante Volume 1

Capriccio stravagante Volume 1


Buonamente:

Sonata quinta sopra 'Poi che noi rimena' from 'Il quarto libro de varie sonate'

for two violins & viola da gamba

Castello, D:

Sonata decima from 'Sonate concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo'

for two violins, bass violin, organ & theorbo

Farina:

Capriccio stravagante

for violin, two violas, bass violin & harpsichord

Frescobaldi:

Toccata prima from 'Il secondo libro di Toccate'

for organ

Canzona sesta from 'Canzoni da sonare'

for violin, two violas, bass violin & theorbo

Capriccio sopra la Battaglia from 'Toccate d'intavolatura di cimbalo et organo, libro primo'

for harpsichord

Marini, B:

Capriccio modo di Lira, Op. 8

for violin & theorbo

Capriccio 14, Op. 8

for two violins, organ & theorbo

Merula:

La Cattarina from 'Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera, libro terzo'

for two violins & organ

Chiacona from 'Canzoni overo sonate soncertate per chiesa e camera, libro terzo'

for two violins, bass violin & organ

Picchi:

Canzon decima nona a doi chori from 'Canzoni da sonar'

for two violins, viola, bass violin, four trombones, organ & theorbo

Rossi, M:

Toccata terza from 'Toccate e correnti d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo'

for organ

Toccata settima from 'Toccate e correnti d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo'

for organ

Turini:

Sonate a due canti from 'Madrigali, libro primo'

for two violins & organ

Vitali, G:

Capriccio secondo, Op. 7

for two violins, bass violin & organ


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