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Tippett: Fantasia; Holst: St. Paul's Suite, Etc / Hogwood


Release Date: 04/07/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 440376   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Michael TippettJohann Sebastian BachGustav HolstArcangelo Corelli
Performer:  Julia BogoradKathryn GreenbankJoshua KoestenbaumLayton James,   ... 
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Borrowings, transformations and pastiches—a fascinating concept, effectively programmed, intelligently annotated and generally well executed. Corelli is the lynchpin for the first seven tracks, although his influence filters through—somewhat obliquely, perhaps—to Holst as well. The Holst items are rather in the manner of delectable encores: the delightful Fugal Concerto, flanking a gorgeous central Adagio for flute and oboe (lovingly played here by Julia Bogorad and Kathryn Greenbank) with vigorously argued outer movements; the breezy St Paul's Suite, with its exotic Intermezzo and (in this particular recording) fairly unspectacular ad lib parts for wind, brass and percussion—discreetly effective, maybe, but not quite the 'full orchestral' Read more piece suggested by the booklet listing.

The Corelli Trio Sonata in B minor harbours the theme (Vivace, track 3) that Bach made into an organ fugue, that Tippett used for his inexhaustible Fantasia concertante on a Theme of Corelli (i.e. as from 8'45'' on track 7) and that Christopher Hogwood returned to strings in his own effective arrangement of Bach's transcription (track 6). The Concerto grosso in F starts with the second of the two motives that the opening variations from Tippett's Fantasia are based on: the first theme he uses occurs 1'00'' in to the same piece (on track 1). Stylistically, Hogwood displays his usual lightness and dexterity in the early pieces (and his own Bach/Corelli transcription), but in the Fantasia string ensemble is occasionally untidy (begin at around 9'19'' for a sampling) and the orchestra's pooled string tone is rather on the thin side. Yet having an early music expert delineate contemporary variations on baroque themes certainly does make for some revealing turns of phrase, and the programme itself is—as I've already suggested—highly stimulating.

Decca's recording is clean but well integrated, although an audible (and vaguely distracting) hum sits at the base of the Corelli items. Meirion Bowen's notes are eminently readable and usefully informative.

-- Gramophone [3/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Ordway Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 18 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2.
Fugue on a theme by Corelli in B minor, BWV 579 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Ordway Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Christopher Hogwood 
3.
A Fugal Concerto for Flute, Oboe and Strings, Op. 40 no 2/H 152 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Julia Bogorad (Flute), Kathryn Greenbank (Oboe)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Ordway Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 2 in F major by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Ordway Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 8 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 3: no 4 in B minor by Arcangelo Corelli
Performer:  Joshua Koestenbaum (Cello), Layton James (Organ), Romuald Tecco (Violin),
Leslie Shank (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Ordway Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6.
St. Paul's Suite for Strings, Op. 29 no 2/H 118 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Ordway Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 12 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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