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Concerto in D major, Op 1 No 5
composer
c.1771; Six Concertos for the Harpsichord or Forte-Piano, Op 1 No 5 (c.1771)
editor
Reconstructed with addition of flutes and horn

Recordings
'English 18th-century Keyboard Concertos' (CDH55341)
English 18th-century Keyboard Concertos
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Movement 1: Allegro con spirito
Movement 2: Andante
Movement 3: Rondo: Allegro

Concerto in D major, Op 1 No 5
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James Hook was born in Norwich in 1746 and came to London in the early 1760s, quickly becoming a prolific and successful composer in theatres, public concerts and pleasure gardens. He was the first English composer to write keyboard concertos in the full-blown galant style popularized in England by J C Bach’s Op 1 (1763) and Op 7 (1770). Hook published his Op 1 soon after, probably in 1771, and followed J C Bach in laying them out ‘for Harpsichord or Forte-Piano’ with parts for two violins and bass. However, there are a number of places in the outer movements of the Hook D major Concerto that seem to call for more varied colours, so I have provided parts for flutes and horns, using as a model the wind parts that survive in manuscript for some of J C Bach’s Op 7, or the ad libitum parts for flutes and horns in some of the Philip Hayes concertos. Hook was a notable early exponent of the piano and is known to have played a concerto on one in 1768. The earliest English pianos were small squares, but around 1770 Americus Backers began to make more powerful grands. The D major Concerto is an accomplished and expansive work, with a delightful slow movement in cavatina style with pizzicato accompaniment, and a rondo in the fashionable Scots idiom, with strong hints of bagpipes.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1994

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Details for CDH55341 track 18
Allegro con spirito
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-70018
Duration
7'09
Recording date
30 October 1993
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. English 18th-century Keyboard Concertos (CDA66700)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: May 1994
    Deletion date: October 2007
    Superseded by CDH55341
  2. English 18th-century Keyboard Concertos (CDH55341)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: July 2009
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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