English music for oboe

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English music for oboe



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10th Nov 2014




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English music for oboe

Crosse, G:

Variations for Oboe and Cello ‘Little Epiphany’

World Premiere

with Rohan de Saram (cello)


Four Duos for Oboe and Cello

World Premiere

with Rohan de Saram (cello)


Quartet for Oboe and String Trio

World Premiere

Tagore String Trio


Sonata for Oboe and Piano

with Peter Dickinson (piano)

Jacob, G:

Seven Bagatelles for Solo Oboe



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Heritage is proud to announce the release of Sarah Francis’ final solo recording – English music for oboe which has a personal association. At the heart of this release is the Howells Oboe Sonata. Although written for Leon Goossens, Sarah was the first oboist to perform and record the work. It appears here under licence from Hyperion. This is coupled with works for differing forces which were written for Sarah by leading 20th century English composers. Three world premiere recordings are included.

Sarah Francis started her career as principal oboe in the then BBC Welsh Orchestra. She has broadcast regularly for the BBC since the age of 19 in recitals and concerto performances, including the Proms where she premiered 'Ariadne', the concerto composed for her by Gordon Crosse.

Her first solo recording was of Britten's 'Six Metamorphoses after Ovid', which Britten invited her to play at the Aldeburgh Festival and which she has now recorded commercially three times. Her solo recordings for Decca, Hyperion, Chandos, Unicorn-Kanchana (now available on the Heritage label) and Naxos include the oboe concertos of Albinoni, Handel, Telemann, Krommer and Mozart and 20th century British repertoire by Bax, Britten, Holst, Jacob, Alwyn and Rubbra. Major works dedicated to Sarah Francis include concertos by Gordon Crosse, William Mathias and Anthony Payne. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music.

Gordon Crosse: Variations for Oboe and Cello, ‘Little Epiphany'

Variations for Oboe and Cello, ‘Little Epiphany'

Stephen Dodgson: Quartet for Oboe and String Trio

I. Andante

II. Allegro vivace

III. Allegretto

Peter Dickinson: Four Duos for Oboe and Cello

I. Moderate

II. Lively and precise

III. Slowly, with foreboding

IV. Bright, well articulated

Gordon Jacob: Seven Bagatelles for Solo Oboe

I. March

II. Elegy

III. Waltz

IV. Slow air

V. Limerick

Vi. Chinese Tune

VII. Galop

Sunday Times

16th November 2014

“The mellifluousness and sheer musicality of Francis’s playing make this sequence of five works, all but one written for her, a particular pleasure.”

International Record Review

March 2015

“the present collection takes a well-earned place among the long list of Sarah Francis's previous recordings.”

MusicWeb International

20th October 2015

“I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the playing. Sarah Francis and her colleagues are just magnificent.”

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