Vella Gregory’s work Sonata Sopra Agnus Dei for Horn Quartet, has been recorded by the Argotti Ensemble and released on the album Fantasia. This work was commissioned by the Argotti Ensemble specifically for this project. The work was inspired by Francesco Zahra’s painting of ‘Our Lady of the Holy Rosary’ found in the Parish Church of the Assumption in Ħal Għaxaq. The work is imbued with religious symbolism, with the tripartite structure reflecting the three Mysteries of the Rosary. The piano represents the Virgin Mary, the French Horn symbolises Christ, whereas the two violins represent St Dominic and St Catherine of Siena. More information can be found by clicking here.
The album also contains works by composers such as Shostakovich, Schumann, Glière, García Martínez, and Joseph Vella’s Fantasia Op. 154, his last completed work. This recording was made possible through the support of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.