Monday, March 7, 2011

Hebden: Six Concertos for Strings - Cantilena, Shepherd

John Hebden
Six Concertos for Strings
Cantilena, Adrian Shepherd
Chandos CHAN 8339

These concerti grossi for strings were written for Vauxhall Gardens in the 1740s, and most of the movements are astonishingly alive. Hebden's counterpoint flows so irresistibly that it seems extraordinary he should have been forgotten for so long. Not all the playing is very polished, but its fresh enthusiasm well matches that of the music. I found myself enjoying this record even more than in 1983, and that wasn't only due to the excellence of the CD quality. Recommended.

R. F., Gramophone Magazine

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