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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67450
Recording details: October 2003
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: April 2004
Total duration: 5 minutes 40 seconds

'The Parley of Instruments, Rachel Brown, director Peter Holman and the Hyperion recording team all deserve applause' (Gramophone)

'With the programme arranged by play rather than chronology, creating an alluring stylistic variety within its 100-or-so-year span, and excellent sound, music for Shakespeare doesn't come much better than this' (BBC Music Magazine)

'I'm sure that if it wasn't for the pioneering series of recordings named The English Orpheus we would find ourselves less the richer for the discoveries this series has brought to our notions of English musical heritage' (The Organ)

'Programmed with Peter Holman's usual ingenuity and originality' (Goldberg)

Concerto No 9 in E minor
composer
XII Concertos in Eight Parts, circa 1728

Vivace  [1'46]
Largo  [1'56]
Allegro  [1'58]

Introduction
This is a concerto by the painter, civil servant and wind player Robert Woodcock to represent the sort of music that would have been played in the intervals of eighteenth-century productions of Shakespeare plays. Like many concertos of the period written for the London theatres, it has no viola part and is written in a light Italianate style. Woodcock died in April 1728, and his XII Concertos in Eight Parts seem to have been published soon afterwards as a posthumous tribute to him. Thus the three flute concertos included in the collection seem to be the earliest published anywhere for the instrument.

from notes by Peter Holman 2004

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