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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67421/2
Recording details: August 2002
Norrfjärden Kyrka, Piteå, Sweden
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: August 2003
Total duration: 11 minutes 2 seconds

Ricercar 'Aeolian'
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Ricercar 'Aeolian'  [11'02]

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The Ricercar (Aeolian) is built on a similarly grand scale to the two Fantasias. Although there is still one main theme, whose return in augmentation and then diminution marks the large-scale structure, it also generates several subsidiary ones. The richness of part-writing is maintained for a much greater proportion of the piece, with only a brief spell of two-part writing. We can also see cross-fertilisation with other forms, particularly the echo fantasia and an even greater variety of accompanimental figuration, including lively dotted and triplet rhythms.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 2003

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