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Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann: Oboe Concertos / Vilém Viverka, oboe; Ensemble 18+ et al.

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in F major, RV 455
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, TWV 51
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in C major, RV 450
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1059
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Oboes in D minor, RV 535
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for oboe, violin, strings & continuo in F major (reconstruction), BWV 1053R
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Notes & Reviews:

If you ask oboists about the golden age of their instrument, they will in all likelihood refer to the first half of the 18th century. It was the time when a plethora of music for the oboe was written - solo and trio sonatas, concertos, cantatas... No court orchestra could make do without the instrument. Many of these pieces were created by the three most feted late-­Baroque composers: Antonio Vivaldi (he conceived about two dozen concertos for solo oboe!), J. S. Bach, and his friend G. P. Telemann, who is deemed one of the most prolific composers of all time. Although dating from the same period, the works by the three creators represent three very different worlds. Yet that which they have in common is their virtuosity and the associated high technical demands placed upon the soloist. Besides Ensemble 18+ and his musical soul-­mate, the harpsichordist Barbara Maria Willi, Vilém Veverka invited along as a guest to participate in this dream project his teacher and colleague Dominik Wollenweber, oboist of the Berliner Philharmoniker. With this new album, Veverka has confirmed his firm position among the most acclaimed oboists on the international scale. "Vilém Veverka breathes new life into concertos by three Baroque masters."

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
This recording of Baroque concertos includes 3 by Vivaldi, 1 by Telemann, and an interesting pair of "oboe concertos" by Bach. These last have been stitched together from other works, including cantata movements and an incomplete harpsichord concerto. They actually hang together very nicely; you'd never guess they weren't written that way in the first place. Oboist Vilem Veverka, a former member of the Berlin Philharmonic, has a beautiful, clear tone, and his playing is elegant and virtuosic. He is especially adept at bringing out the dancing lilt of Vivaldi and the gorgeous melodic lines of Bach. Harpsichordist Barbara Maria Willi and Ensemble 18+ back him up with spirit and zest. In the Vivaldi double oboe concerto, Veverka and his former teacher, Dominik Wollenweber, are so closely aligned in timbre and style that it sounds like one person playing both lines. I recommend this not just for the fine playing, but also for the unusual and lovely Bach "concertos".

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in P (2015-04-09_2015-04-12&2015-).



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in F major, RV 455
  • Performers: Vilém Veverka (Oboe); Barbara Willi (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble 18+
  • Notes: Church of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Prague - Vinohrady (2015-04-09_2015-04-12&2015-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, TWV 51 :: d1
  • Performers: Vilém Veverka (Oboe); Barbara Willi (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble 18+
  • Notes: Church of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Prague - Vinohrady (2015-04-09_2015-04-12&2015-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1708-1713

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in C major, RV 450
  • Performers: Vilém Veverka (Oboe); Barbara Willi (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble 18+
  • Notes: Church of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Prague - Vinohrady (2015-04-09_2015-04-12&2015-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1059
  • Performers: Vilém Veverka (Oboe); Barbara Willi (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble 18+
  • Notes: Church of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Prague - Vinohrady (2015-04-09_2015-04-12&2015-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Oboes in D minor, RV 535
  • Performers: Vilém Veverka (Oboe); Barbara Willi (Harpsichord); Dominik Wollenweber (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble 18+
  • Notes: Church of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Prague - Vinohrady (2015-04-09_2015-04-12&2015-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for oboe, violin, strings & continuo in F major (reconstruction), BWV 1053R
  • Performers: Vilém Veverka (Oboe); Barbara Willi (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble 18+
  • Notes: Church of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Prague - Vinohrady (2015-04-09_2015-04-12&2015-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1955