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Recorded at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, July 1990 & July 1991
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Albinoni: Double Oboe Concertos & String Concertos Volume 1
“[Robson's] tone is most appealing and his phrasing and musicianship are second to none. Simon Standage provides alert accompaniments, also using original instruments, and creates bright, athletic string timbres...The artistic results are very lively and refreshing.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition
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Albinoni: Oboe Concertos, Vol. 2
Alison Alty (oboe), Anthony Camden (oboe)
London Virtuosi, John Georgiadis
“The performances are worth returning to, and Naxos's recording is splendid.” Fanfare
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Albinoni: Concertos for Oboes and Strings
During the 1990s, Collegium Musicum 90 and Simon Standage released several volumes of Albinoni concertos, which proved popular with critics and public alike. The concertos were released as discs of single oboe concertos, double oboe concertos, and string concertos. In this re-issue on the Chaconne label, the concertos are presented in opus number order, showing the contrasting colours and tonalities of the concertos as they originally appeared.
Dating back to the second decade of the eighteenth century, Albinoni’s twenty-four Concerti a cinque, Opp. 7 and 9 – eight for a single oboe, eight for two oboes, and eight for strings alone – were the earliest such works by an Italian composer to be published. Here the oboe functions, in its relationship with the strings, almost like a singer. The fact that the composer entitled these works ‘Concerti con oboe’ (with oboe), not ‘per oboe’ (for oboe), signifies that the strings (and in particular the first violin) play a role nearly as important as the wind instrument. An interesting contrast between the opus numbers can be found within the double oboe concerto form, with those belonging to Op. 7 boasting an almost Vivaldian vigour and much variety in texture, while the later works are consistently larger in scale, and more regular in form. Among string concertos, Op. 9 No. 7 is the most elaborate concerto for solo violin by Albinoni, and Op. 9 No. 10 the last example of its type in the composer’s œuvre.
Founded by Simon Standage and the late Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 has a well-established reputation for its performances of baroque and classical music using period instruments, its repertoire ranging from chamber pieces to large-scale works for choir and orchestra. Under its exclusive contract with Chandos Records, Collegium Musicum 90 has made more than sixty critically acclaimed CDs. The ensemble is joined here by the two oboe soloists Catherine Latham and Anthony Robson. Internationally recognised as a leader in the field of performance on historical oboes, Robson is Principal with both Collegium Musicum 90 and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
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Heinz Holliger Edition
12 Concertos, Op. 7
Sonata a cinque in G minor, Op. 2, No. 6
Sonata a cinque in D major, Op. 2 No. 5
Concerto Op. 9 No. 2 for oboe & strings in D minor
Concerto Op. 9 No. 3 for two oboes & strings in F major
Concerto Op. 9 No. 5 for oboe & strings in C major
Concerto Op. 9 No. 8 for oboe & strings in G minor
Concerto Op. 9 No. 9 for two oboes & strings in C major
Concerto Op. 9 No. 11 for oboe & strings in B flat major
Oboe Concerto in E flat major
Oboe Concerto in C major/C minor
Concertino for English horn and orchestra in G major
Andante sostenuto für Oboe und Harfe
Concerto for cor anglais & orchestra in E flat major
Oboe Concerto Hob.VIIg:C1 (authorship doubtful)
Concerto da camera for Flute, Cor Anglais & String Orchestra
Petite Suite for 2 treble instruments & piano
Introduction, Theme and Variations in F minor Op. 102
Trois Danses for Oboe, Harp & String Orchestra
Petite Complainte for Oboe & Piano
Pièce brève for oboe, flute & harp
Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra
Concertino in G minor for oboe and orchestra
Concertante in F major for flute, oboe & orchestra
Oboe Quartet in F major, K370
Adagio for Cor Anglais and String Trio, K580a
Divertimento No. 11 in D major, K251
Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b
Oboe Concerto In C major, K314
Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 33 for oboe and orchestra
Concerto TWV 51:e1 in E minor for oboe, strings & b.c.
Concerto TWV 51:d1 in D minor for oboe, strings & b.c.
Concerto TWV 51:c1 in C minor for oboe, strings & b.c.
Concerto TWV 51:f2 in F minor for oboe, strings & b.c.
Concerto TWV 51:D5 in D major for oboe, strings & b.c.
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 452
Oboe Concerto in D minor, RV454
Concerto for Oboe & Bassoon in G major, RV 545
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV446
Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV463
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV447
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
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