The "Two Fantasias by Giovanni Battista dalla Gostena was one of several works which I purchased in June 1983 and which were intended to be used by The Schwanewede Recorder Consort
. Both Fantasias were worked on in that consort but without any especial success. On the other hand, it was played jolly well by Quartettino
and quite competently by Blue Monday
and Blue Tuesday
and was always a favourite of mine regardless of which group it was played in.
According to the arranger's notes (Reginald Smith-Brindle) they are transcribed from a composition for lute, "Intavolatur di Liuto 1599".