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Violin Concerto No 2 in D major
composer
1781; British Library Add. MSS 35008/9; contains quotations from Gluck's La rencontre imprévue

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  
Details
Movement 1: Allegro maestoso
Track 10 on CDH55260 [10'13] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 2: Largo
Track 11 on CDH55260 [3'50] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 3: Rondeau
Track 12 on CDH55260 [3'54] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service

Violin Concerto No 2 in D major
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Samuel Wesley mixes elements of the Baroque and Classical styles in an effective way in his D major Concerto of 1781. It is the second of seven violin concertos he wrote between 1779 and 1785 for the concerts he organized with his brother Charles in the family house in Chesterfield Street, Marylebone; Wesley was just fifteen at the time. It contains some extremely taxing solo writing, with high positions and elaborate double stops, while the first movement is an assured example of mature Classical concerto form—though, at more than 350 bars, it also shows that he had not yet learned when to stop! The slow movement has some attractive ethereal passages for three solo violins, while the helter-skelter finale is delightfully sure-footed. From time to time Wesley throws in a cheeky quotation from the march in Gluck’s La rencontre imprévue (1764), known in German as Die Pilgrimme von Mecca, which Mozart used as the basis of a set of piano variations. It is not clear how he came across the theme, for Gluck’s opera does not seem to have been produced or published in London.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1996

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Details for CDH55260 track 12
Rondeau
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-86512
Duration
3'54
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 12
    Release date: June 1996
    Deletion date: August 2005
    Superseded by CDH55260
  2. English Classical Violin Concertos (CDH55260)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: February 2008
    Deletion date: February 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
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