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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55255
Recording details: February 1994
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1995
Total duration: 4 minutes 30 seconds

'Authoritative performances of some very important chamber music for strings … there is no doubting [Locke's] mastery and his greatness. This recording should find him the audience he richly merits' (Early Music Review)

'This disc is delicious' (American Record Guide)

'An irresistible program, especially in performances as vigorous and bracing as Holman's' (Fanfare, USA)

'Essential listening for anyone interested in 17th-century chamber music' (Goldberg)

'La lectura de The Parley of Instruments supone un total acierto … tanto en la recreación estilistica como en la factura de las lecturas' (Scherzo, Spain)

Fantasia and Corant in D minor
composer
1665

Fantasia  [3'11]
Corant  [1'19]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Fantasia and Corant in D minor survives only in an Oxford manuscript (Bodleian, Mus. Sch. C. 44). According to a note in the hand of Edward Lowe (the Oxford Professor of Music), it was ‘made to carry on the Meetinge at ye musick schoole. Thursday ye 16th Novem[ber] 1665’. At the time, Locke was in Oxford with the court, sheltering from the plague raging in London. There are parts for two violins and two bass viols, to which we have added a continuo for theorbos and organ, following Oxford practice. The Fantasia seems to have been written specially for the occasion, but the Corant is a version of a piece written for the Twenty-four Violins, and was pressed into service.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1995

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