Babell - Concertos Op.3 for violins & small flute | Pan Classics PC10348

Babell - Concertos Op.3 for violins & small flute


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Label: Pan Classics

Cat No: PC10348

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 7th October 2016



Anna Stegmann (recorder)
Andrea Friggi (harpsichord)
Ensemble Odyssee


Babell, William

Concertos (6) in 7 parts for violins and small flute
Sinfonia for harpsichord and strings


Anna Stegmann (recorder)
Andrea Friggi (harpsichord)
Ensemble Odyssee


On their latest project for Pan Classics, the Amsterdam-based Ensemble Odyssee presents the Concertos Op.3 for ‘sixth flute’ (a soprano recorder in D) by William Babell, mostly known (in his day and now) for his demanding arrangements for harpsichord of arias by his contemporary, George Frideric Handel. The works included on this CD were probably performed by members of Handel’s orchestra, and often clearly take their inspiration from the master’s music.

Also included is the first recording of a Sinfonia for strings and solo harpsichord, probably the first concerto ever written for this instrument. Anna Stegmann on recorder, Andrea Friggi on harpsichord and the always exquisite Ensemble Odyssee render a first-rate performance of very rare, unjustly neglected repertoire. Both Stegmann and Friggi contribute essays to the booklet and Anna Stegmann teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The next CD will be dedicated to the English composer Robert Woodcock and a selection his Concertos.

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