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Hebden: Six Concertos for Strings

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Concerto In A Major, Op. 2, No. 1: Adagio - Allegro. Fugga - Largo - Allegro
  2. Concerto In C Major, Op. 2, No. 2: Allegro - Largo E Siciliana - Allegro Ma Non Troppo
  3. Concerto In E Minor, Op. 2, No. 3: Allegro - Largo - Gigga. Allegro
  4. Concerto In E-Flat Major, Op. 2, No. 4: Adagio - Allegro - Adagio - Minuet Amoroso
  5. Concerto In C Minor, Op. 2, No. 5: Adagio - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
  6. Concerto In D Minor, Op. 2, No. 6: Adagio - Allegro - Grave - Allegro


Product Details

  • Performer: Alison McIntyre, Andrew Morris, Angus Anderson, Helena Moroney, Lorna Ross, et al.
  • Orchestra: Cantilena
  • Conductor: Adrian Shepherd
  • Composer: John Hebden
  • Audio CD (October 9, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000000ACF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The best way to describe this disk is to say the music is pleasant. Far from damning with faint praise, the word best describes listening to the disk. From the opening layering of chords, the music caught my fancy. Better yet, it caught the fancy of my "Beach Boys" loving rock and roll wife, so much so that she got me to buy another copy for her to carry in her van when she travels. My four and 1/2 year old daughter calls it pretty music, and likes it when mom switches on the bedroom player to start her day to it. It wears well, even hearing it that many times.
John Hebden was a competent, working musician whose six concertos were recently discovered by Ruzena Wood. Cantilena does its usual excellent job of interpreting the music.
In my opinion five stars are reserved for Bach, and perhaps Handel, although not Telemann. This music compares well with Telemann, better in places. It is a good disk.
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Although an Englishman, Hebden's music has an Italian sound, and reminds me strongly of Locatelli. The pleasant surprise referred to above, is that to my ear it sounds very much on par with Locatelli or Vivaldi. The interpretations are excellent and the music is very approachable. Hebden wrote very little which has survived, and this may be the only recording currently available. If you are interested in hearing high quality music from an obscure composer, this issue is highly recommended.
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Out of obscurity, arrives John Hebden. If you love the Baroque period, these six strings is a must-have. I believe there are only two surviving pieces, but I have never been able to find his 6 solo's for flute and harpsicord. I cannot imagine how that must sound!
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