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Saturday, October 21, 2017 Permalink

The Fantasia Connection


It was a sort of rebellion….by composers who wanted to move beyond standard musical forms and go wherever their imagination took them.

Only they didn’t use the word “imagination.”

In the next hour, the “fantasy,” or “fantasia,” from its origins in the Renaissance to Mozart, from Beethoven in the 19th century to Rodrigo and Vaughan Williams in the 20th.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Rodrigo: Aranjuez [for Fantasía Para Un Gentilhombre or Fantasia for a Gentleman] Milos Karadaglic, London Philharmonic, Yannick Nezet-Seguin Deutsche B0020039-02 Grammophon  028948106523
Voice in the Garden [for Fantasia No. 18 by Luis de Milán] Christopher Wilson Hyperion CDH55298 034571152981
Byrd: Complete Consort Music Phantasm Linn Records CKD 372 691062037228
Mozart for Meditation [for Fantasia in D minor] Mitsuko Uchida Philips 446378-2 028944637823
Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Choral Fantasy Berlin Philharmonic and Chorus of the German State Opera, Daniel Barenboim EMI 5555162 724355551627
Beethoven/Schumann [for  Schumann’s Fantasie in C major] , Yundi Deutsche Grammophon  02894810710 028948107100
Pastyme! Music from the Court of King Henry VIII[for Greensleeves] I Fagiolini, John Bowen & Steven Player Cantoris / Griffin CRCD 2365 Amazon download: B01MQ2GZCB
Martin Carthy [for “Lovely Joan”] Martin Carthy Topic Records 340  5016272340022
Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto, etc. [for Fantasia on Greensleeves] Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vernon Handley EMI Eminence   CD-EMX 2179 0077776411422
Holst, Handel & Bach[for the Fantasia on the Dargason, from the Second Suite in F, by Holst]  Cleveland Symphonic Winds, Frederick Fennell Telarc CD-80038 089408003820
Diamond: Symphony No. 1; The Enormous Room.  Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz Naxos 8.559157 636943915721

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