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Baroque Music, Vol. 1 - Albinoni, Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann / Barshai

Album Summary

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Concerto à cinque, for oboe, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo no 3 in B flat major, Op. 7/3, (T.
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Concerto à cinque, for solo violin, 2 violins, 2 violas, cello & continuo no 3 in D major, Op. 5/3
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Recorder, Oboe and Bassoon in G minor, RV 103
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Wasser Overture, for 2 recorders, flute, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in C major ("Hamburger
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents recordings of baroque music performed by the Moscow Chamber Orchestra lead by Rudolf Barshai. The name of this musician emerged in the Soviet concert life in the early 1950's. He quickly became successful as a solo violist and ensemble player. However, his thirst for something new and his strive for breaking stereotypes, which were the way of many cultural figures of the Thaw period led him to creating the first ever Soviet chamber orchestra. An exceptionally talented conductor and organizer, Rudolf Barshai won many well-known musicians over to joint playing, including those who had promising solo careers (violinist and conductor Lev Markiz, cellist Alla Vassilieva, harpsichordist and pianist Mikhail Muntian, oboist Evgeny Nepalo, bassoonist Vladimir Bogorad and others). The performances of the new orchestra surprised and admired the listeners. Its repertoire included compositions, which were previously little known to the domestic listeners, and on the contrary some well know, even "outworn" music, which sounded in a totally new way. The compositions featured on this album are instrumental concertos by Tomaso Albinoni and Antonio Vivaldi, the concerto grosso by George Friedrich Handel and a suite by "Bach's fortunate rival" Georg Philipp Telemann became a discovery to the Soviet audience of the years.

MusicWeb International, 18th November 2014
Its appeal will lie principally with admirers of the eminent conductor, who will doubtless welcome back recordings that still possess apposite breadth and sincerity.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
These are 1959 to 1971 recordings of Baroque music. The orchestra was typical of the period, and Barshai was a good conductor. The sound is healthy, without the sickly "period performance" techniques that rob the music of its strength. It's good - and a relief from what we are usually fed. Included are an Albinoni oboe concerto and one for strings; a Vivaldi concerto for flute, oboe, and bassoon; Telemann's Water Music, and Handel's Concerto Grosso, Op. 6:12, which is majestic.



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Works Details

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Concerto à cinque, for oboe, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo no 3 in B flat major, Op. 7/3, (T.
  • Performer: Evgeni Nepalov (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Ensemble: Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1715

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Concerto à cinque, for solo violin, 2 violins, 2 violas, cello & continuo no 3 in D major, Op. 5/3
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Recorder, Oboe and Bassoon in G minor, RV 103
  • Performers: Vladimir Bogorad (Bassoon); Mikhail Muntian (Basso Continuo); Evgeni Nepalov (Oboe); A. Ratsbaum (Flute)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Wasser Overture, for 2 recorders, flute, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in C major ("Hamburger
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 24 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1723

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
  • Performers: Lev Markiz (Violin); Boris Shulgin (Violin); Alla Vasilieva (Cello)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739