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Oboe Concertos, Vol. 1 - Concertos by Albinoni, Bellini, C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach, Dittersdorf, Ferlendis, Fiorillo, Handel, Hofmann, Lebrun, Marcello, Mozart, Rosetti, Telemann, Vivaldi / various artists [12 CDs]

Audio Samples

  1. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 449: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 449: II. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 449: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, RV 460: I. Allegro non tanto $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, RV 460: II. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, RV 460: III. Allegro non molto $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 465: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 465: II. Adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 465: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 456 "Harmonia Mundi": I. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 456 "Harmonia Mundi": II. Allegro - Adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 456 "Harmonia Mundi": III. Presto $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, RV 454: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, RV 454: II. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, RV 454: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 464: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 464: II. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 464: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Oboe Concerto in D Major, RV 453: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Oboe Concerto in D Major, RV 453: II. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Oboe Concerto in D Major, RV 453: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 463: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 463: II. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 463: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 450: I. Allegro molto $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 450: II. Larghetto $0.69 on iTunes
  27. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 450: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 457: I. Allegro non molto $0.69 on iTunes
  29. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 457: II. Andante $0.69 on iTunes
  30. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 457: III. Allegro molto $0.69 on iTunes
  31. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 448: I. — $0.69 on iTunes
  32. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 448: II. Larghetto $0.69 on iTunes
  33. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 448: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  34. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 461: I. Allegro non molto $0.69 on iTunes
  35. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 461: II. Larghetto $0.69 on iTunes
  36. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 461: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  37. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 451: I. Allegro molto $0.69 on iTunes
  38. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 451: II. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  39. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 451: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  40. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 184: I. Allegro - Adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  41. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 184: II. Andante $0.69 on iTunes
  42. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 184: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  43. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 462: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  44. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 462: II. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  45. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 462: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  46. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 447: I. Allegro non molto $0.69 on iTunes
  47. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 447: II. Larghetto $0.69 on iTunes
  48. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 447: III. Minuetto $0.69 on iTunes
  49. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 455: I. — $0.69 on iTunes
  50. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 455: II. Grave $0.69 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

Like the violin, the oboe is one of the few instruments to have retained its popularity as a concerto instrument from the days of early Baroque for centuries to come. Thanks to its piercing timbre, able to soar above ensembles large and small, the instrument inspired works of excellent quality from a vast array of composers. This extensive release brings together some of the finest music for oboe and orchestra from the Baroque period to the late Classical. We begin with the master of the Baroque oboe concerto, Antonio Vivaldi, who wrote over 20 concertos for the oboe. Although the instrument was still in flux at this point - and Vivaldi had to moderate some of his writing to accommodate the oboe's lack of agility in playing wide leaps at speed - he still manages to produce some creative and highly pleasing works. Albinoni was less inclined to rewrite violin music for the oboe (something Vivaldi did regularly), making his compositions more idiomatic. He experimented with writing for a variety of instrumental combinations, weaving his concertos for one or two oboes into the same opus of violin concertos, again underlining the two instruments' connection. J.S. Bach's Double Concerto for violin and oboe is a shining gem; despite the original manuscript being long lost, and the only available score a reconstruction based on the transcription for two harpsichords, Bach's characteristic solo instrument writing shines through, particularly in the sweet cantabile of the slow movement. His son's writing for oboe was more extensive and represents a marked change in style from the Baroque era, as the oboe became a popular instrument for chamber music of this period in an ensemble as well as alone. It is interesting, therefore, to have C.P.E. Bach's Pastorale and Oboe Sonata included here alongside his concertos, demonstrating the value of the oboe during this period across many genres. Mozart's Oboe Concerto K314 holds its rightful place as an outstanding example of the concerto genre in the Classical period. He wrote it for Giuseppe Ferlendis, whose own oboe concerto also features on this release. Once thought to have been written by Mozart himself, Ferlendis's concerto shares many elegant characteristics with the great composer's style. The oboe concertos of several lesser known composers serve as an interesting counterpoint to the more established works of this genre. For oboe concertos both familiar and unknown, this is a comprehensive set, with performances of the highest quality. Whether dipping into Albinoni's lively works or indulging in the sweet bel canto of Bellini's masterful concerto, there is a wealth of music here to be enjoyed and treasured.



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