Handel: My favourite instrument

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Handel: My favourite instrument



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12th Jan 2015




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Handel: My favourite instrument

Concertos, Sonatas & Arias with Oboe


Oboe Concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV 287

Geloso tormento (from Almira)

Vedrai s'a tuo dispetto (Almira Act III)

Sonata in C minor for oboe and continuo, HWV366, Op. 1 No. 8

Qui l'augel da pianta in pianta (from Aci, Galatea e Poliremo)

Concerto doppio 'de Signor Haendel' in G minor for oboe, bassoon, strings and continuo (attr.)

Trio Sonata, HWV 388 in B flat major, Op. 2 No. 3

Teseo Overture

Morirò (from Teseo)

Xenia Löffler (oboe) & Marie Friederike Schöder (soprano)

Batzdorfer Hofkapelle



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"I wrote like the devil in those days, especially for the hautbois, which was my favourite instrument", Georg Friedrich Handel reminisced on his youthful years. Throughout his life, the oboe was to play an outstanding role for him; for no other instrument did he compose such passionate, dramatic and virtuosic soli. The Batzdorfer Hofkapelle presents here a selection of the most beautiful works of Handel with the oboe – beginning with the early Hamburg period and his sojourn in Rome and concluding with his London period. The recording includes excerpts from the operas 'Almira' HWV1 and 'Teseo' HWV9, from the latter the vengeance aria 'Morirò, ma vendicata' with its maniacal coloratura in both the singing voice and the oboe. In the instrumental works recorded here, the spectrum extends from oboe sonatas and trio sonatas to concertos.

The oboist Xenia Löffler, member of the Akadenie für Alte Musik, Berlin, is an internationally sought-after soloist. She proves herself on this recording to be a top-notch Handel specialist who knows how to perform both the lyrical and the dramatic moments of this music with elegance and verve. The vocal parts in the arias with oboe are sung by the young coloratura soprano Marie Friederike Schöder, a shooting star in the baroque scene, whose voice convinces listeners with its extraordinary fluency and lightness in the stratosphere.

George Frideric Handel: Oboe Concerto No. 3 in G Minor, HWV 287

I. Grave

II. Allegro

III. Sarabande: Largo

IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Almira, HWV 1

Act I Scene 6: Aria: Geloso tormento

George Frideric Handel: Almira Suite, HWV 1

VIII. Rondeau

V. Bouree

IV. Sarabande

VII. Rigaudon

II. Chaconne

Almira, HWV 1

Act III Scene 8: Aria: Vedrai, s'a tuo dispetto cangiar ben tosto affetto

George Frideric Handel: Oboe Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 8, HWV 366

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Bourree angloise: Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72: Aria: Qui l'augel

George Frideric Handel: Double Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon, HWV deest

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Affettuoso

IV. Tempo di Menuet

George Frideric Handel: Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 2, No. 3, HWV 388

I. Andante

II. Allegro

III. Larghetto

IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Teseo, HWV 9

Teseo, HWV 9: Overture

Teseo, HWV 9, Act V Scene 1: Air: Moriro, ma vendicata

BBC Music Magazine

Awards Issue 2015


“What [Löffler] and soprano Marie Friederike Schöder have chosen...fully illustrates Handel's intuitive understanding of the oboe's expressive range...Löffler is fluent and expressive both in her capacity as soloist and in her sympathetic partnership with Schoder...Stylish support from the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle sets the seal on a rewarding issue.”

Early Music Review

February 2015

“Marie Friederike Schöder negotiates her vocal tightrope with enviable aplomb … she is ably partnered by the faultlessly breath-controlled oboe of Xenia Löffler …. Batzdorfer Hofkapelle are to be very warmly commended for this fine picture of the young Handel!”

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