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Picking favourites is difficult when the whole disc is so good, so here are some contrasting samples: the spacious opening of the Quadro in F for two oboes, bassoon and continuo [listen -- track 9, 0:02-1:13]; the playfully syncopated second movement of the Trio in G minor, which looks forward to the emerging galant style [listen -- track 14, 0:01-0:54]; and the rollicking finale of the Trio in F [listen -- track 24, 0:01-0:42]. But if I had to pick one favourite track it would be the driving chromatic fugue from the same Trio in F [listen -- track 23, 0:00-2:09]

Those who enjoy this music should look out for the work of Zelenka, another recently discovered preclassical composer with a particular affection for double reeds, as well as seeking out more recent recordings (this one only just reached me but was released a couple of years ago) by Arfken and her colleagues.

Copyright © 29 August 2004 Malcolm Tattersall, Townsville, Australia


Johann Friedrich Fasch - Trio Sonatas for two oboes, bassoon and basso continuo

HMC 905251 DDD Stereo 68'14" 2000 harmonia mundi sa

Katharina Arfken, hautbois et direction; Ann-Kathrin Brueggemann, hautbois; Donna Agrell, basson; Karl-Ernst Schroeder, luth; David Sinclair, viole de gambe, violone et contrebasse; Joerg-Andreas Boetticher, clavecin

Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758): Quartet in B flat FaschWV N:B2; Trio in D minor FaschWV N:d1; Quartet in F FaschWV N:F2; Trio in G minor FaschWV N:g2; Quartet in D minor FaschWV N:d2; Trio in F FaschWV N:F6; Quartet in G minor FaschWV N:g1



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