Heinz Holliger (oboe, cor anglais) with Hermann Baumann (horn), Maurice Bourgue (oboe), John Constable (piano), Maria Teresa Garatti (harpsichord), Ursula Holliger (harp), Aurele Nicolet (flute), Klaus Thunemann (bassoon)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English Chamber Orchestra, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, I Musici, Iona Brown, Eliahu Inbal, Raymond Leppard, Neville Marriner
'My entire relation to music is such that I always try to go to the limits' (Heinz Holliger)
The artistry of Holliger (b.1939) prompted Evelyn Rothwell (Lady Barbirolli) to call him 'The Paganini of the oboe' Holliger's mastery of the oboe ranges over a vast expanse of repertoire, from the baroque to contemporary -- Bach to Berio and Zelenka to Zimmermann. His style is notable for its flexibility, agility, integrity and ability to communicate convincingly across the wide range of repertoire he performs. Holliger has done much to champion the oboe music of composers such as Zelenka and Krommer, and has also had over 100 works composed for him by composers including Berio, Carter, Henze, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Penderecki and Stockhausen.
This 10CD collection provides a superb showcase for his artistry, spanning nearly 250 years of repertoire from the well known to the obscure, and to every one of the works here his unique and phenomenal technique to makes the interpretation sound effortless and flawless.
- Extensive booklet notes on each work, and a biographical essay on Holliger
- 'This is an enchanting performance: I do not believe that among modern recordings there is a better' Gramophone, November 1985 (Mozart Oboe Quartet)
“...superlative performances by Holliger and the ECO. As in the case of Fiala, not just an oboe-player: Holliger also contributes cadenzas where called for that are exactly right for their purpose. A good quality of recording” Gramophone Magazine, October 1985