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Telemann, Bach: Oboe d'amore Concertos / Thomas Stacey, Kevin Mallon, Toronto SO

Album Summary

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings & continuo in G major, TWV 51
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, BWV 1055
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in E major, BWV 1053
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings & continuo in A major, TWV 51
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

An interview with Thomas Stacy - conducted by Sean Hickey
Your new Naxos release features concertos by J.S. Bach and Telemann, two well-known and prolific composers of the Baroque era. What will interest many is the sound of the solo oboe d'amore in these works. Can you tell us a little bit about the instrument and how it may have fallen out of favor? And why did you decide to record these works?

I think that part of the exciting charm of hearing this new disc is that one can experience a sound that you don't hear everyday, the oboe d'amore. I find that often listeners are intrigued to hear an instrument which they may have heard in an obbligato role in Bach's choral works, performing in the solo spotlight.

The oboe d'amore is the oboe family member between the oboe and the English horn (cor anglais). It's plaintive, peaceful timbre is used splendidly by these well known Baroque composers, and while they are well known, their oboe d'amore concerti are not so familiar. The two original Telemann pieces - Telemann played the oboe and the oboe d'amore - are rollicking and charismatic, I think. J.S. Bach had a fondness for the d'amore's distinctive sound and he knew how to use it to its maximum potential, as he adroitly exhibits in his two concerti. (Both Bach works are reconstructions.) The beautiful slow movements of all four works will put you at peace, the fast movements, raise your spirits.

There aren't many works for solo oboe d'amore. A few exist by other Baroque composers - Roman, Graupner, Graun and Lotti - and there are a few recent additions to the repertory. Indeed, the definition of an extreme optimist is an oboe d'amore soloist with a beeper!

When meeting with Lorin Maazel backstage at a concert in Luxembourg, he told me that Telemann was one of his favorite composers. He chose the A Major Concerto for us to perform together with the New York Philharmonic next season.

Ever since I played the first oboe d'amore concerto in the history of the New York Philharmonic a few seasons ago, I have had a passion for trying to make this instsrument sound as good as its relatives, the oboe and the English horn, can sound. I'm a bit of a non-traditionalist, having commissioned a concerto for electrified English horn - the instrument not the player! Also, a work "Why else do you have an English Horn?", which I recorded with Elaine Stritch, and a work which I performed with, and which was written by, Garrison Keillor, "What an English Horn Player Thinks."

I'm not sure just why the d'amore's engineering and repertory didn't develop at the rate of its relatives. Perhaps it got left out because the sound of two oboes blends better in an orchestra section than that of oboe and oboe d'amore. (The standard oboe section is two oboes and English Horn.) Hope you enjoy this CD!



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>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings & continuo in G major, TWV 51 :: G3
  • Performer: Thomas Stacy (Oboe d'amore)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Toronto Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (08/27/2007-08/30/2007)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725-1735

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, BWV 1055
  • Performer: Thomas Stacy (Oboe d'amore)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Toronto Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (08/27/2007-08/30/2007)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1969

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in E major, BWV 1053
  • Performer: Thomas Stacy (Oboe d'amore)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Toronto Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (08/27/2007-08/30/2007)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings & continuo in A major, TWV 51 :: A2
  • Performer: Thomas Stacy (Oboe d'amore)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Toronto Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (08/27/2007-08/30/2007)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1768