William Babell: Concertos Op. 3

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William Babell: Concertos Op. 3

Catalogue No:

PC10348

Discs:

1

Release date:

7th Oct 2016

Barcode:

7619990103481

Length:

74 minutes

Medium:

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William Babell: Concertos Op. 3


Babell:

Concertos (6) in 7 parts for violins and small flute, Op. 3

Sinfonia for harpsichord and strings


Anna Stegmann (recorder)

Ensemble Odyssee

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On their latest project for Pan Classics, the Amsterdam-based Ensemble Odyssee presents the Concertos Op. 3 for 'sixth flute' (a soprano recorder in D) by William Babell, mostly known (in his day and now) for his demanding arrangements for harpsichord of arias by his contemporary, George Frideric Handel. The works included on this CD were probably performed by members of Handel’s orchestra, and often clearly take their inspiration from the master’s music.

Also included is the first recording of a Sinfonia for strings and solo harpsichord, probably the first concerto ever written for this instrument. Anna Stegmann on recorder, Andrea Friggi on harpsichord and the always exquisite Ensemble Odyssee render a first-rate performance of very rare, injustly neglected repertoire. Both Stegmann and Friggi contribute essays to the booklet and Anna Stegmann teaches at the Royal Academy in London.

The next CD - recording in February 2017, release in autumn 2017 - will be dedicated to the English composer Robert Woodcock and a selection his Concertos.

William Babell: Concerto in D Major, Op. 3 No. 1

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

William Babell: Concerto in D Major, Op. 3 No. 2

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

William Babell: Concerto in E Minor, Op. 3 No. 3

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

William Babell: Concerto in A Major, Op. 3 No. 4

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

William Babell: Sinfonia à 7 in A Major

I. Ouverture - Presto

II. Andante

III. Allegro

IV. Adagio

V. Vivace

William Babell: Concerto in F Major, Op. 3 No. 5

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

William Babell: Concerto in F Major, Op. 3 No. 6

I. Andante

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

Gramophone Magazine

January 2017

“Ensemble Odyssee’s own crisply perky readings fit [the concertos] like a glove, with Anna Stegmann herself equally on the button, dispatching the almost relentless recorder passagework with fluent ease”

MusicWeb International

January 2017

“These are very fine pieces for recorder and are well worth to be part of the standard repertoire of recorder players. The German-born Anna Stegmann … is an outstanding player who produces a beautiful tone and plays with much imagination and zest. She is accompanied by players who are at the same wavelength and this has resulted in a most captivating disc. The Sinfonia is a good find and receives a splendid performance”

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