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× Disc II offers an irresistible study in fantasy from the late seventeenth century to the age of modernism. Henry Purcell’s Fantasia upon One Note, Robert Schumann’s Opus 73 Fantasy Pieces, and Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy for oboe quartet represent markedly disparate musical eras, but are united in their wide-eyed imagination and breadth of invention. The optimistic “Sunrise” Quartet of Joseph Haydn, the Classical Viennese wit similarly prone to musical fantasy, bridges the journey from the Baroque period to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The final work on this recording, Kenneth Frazelle’s vividly colored Piano Trio—commissioned by Music@Menlo and heard here in its world premiere recording—arrives at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The Frazelle Piano Trio marks Music@Menlo’s first commission and received its first performances at the 2008 festival season.