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Violin Concerto in F major
composer
British Library R.M. 21h.10(2)

Recordings
'English Classical Violin Concertos' (CDH55260)
English Classical Violin Concertos
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDH55260  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service  
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2' (HYP20)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
HYP20  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Details
Movement 1: Moderato
Track 4 on CDH55260 [7'24] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 2: Adagio
Track 5 on CDH55260 [1'55] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Track 8 on HYP20 CD1 [1'55] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
Movement 3: Rondeau
Track 6 on CDH55260 [6'38] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service

Violin Concerto in F major
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Thomas Linley is said to have composed at least twenty violin concertos, but only one survives complete. The score was included in one of the memorial volumes compiled for George III after the composer’s death and it is still in the Royal Music Collection of the British Library. It was probably written after his return to Bath from Italy, for it displays a mature grasp of the galant idiom of his teacher Nardini and other Italians, and, of course, immigrants resident in London, such as J C Bach and C F Abel. In particular, the solo part in the first movement is much more varied than in the English concertos he would have known before he left home. It does not consist just of rapid scales and arpeggios, but also includes themes borrowed from the ritornelli, often presented in the highest register of the violin, as well as fearsome passages in thirds, sixths and octaves—some of which imitate hunting horns. The orchestral writing, too, is unusually varied and imaginative, with haunting piano cadences coloured by antique suspensions and the rich colours of horns and bassoons doubling the strings. The brief but impassioned slow movement is in the ‘Scotch’ style fashionable at the time, while the finale is a delicious Rondeau in gavotte rhythm with hints of distant bagpipes.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1996

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Details for CDH55260 track 4
Moderato
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-86504
Duration
7'24
Recording date
10 January 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. English Classical Violin Concertos (CDA66865)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: June 1996
    Deletion date: August 2005
    Superseded by CDH55260
  2. English Classical Violin Concertos (CDH55260)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: February 2008
    Deletion date: February 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
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