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Britten: Complete Works with Oboe / Gernot Schmalfuss, oboe; Mamiko Watanabe, piano

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Phantasy for Oboe and String Trio, Op. 2
>Britten, Benjamin : Metamorphoses (6) after Ovid, for oboe solo, Op. 49
>Britten, Benjamin : Insect Pieces
>Britten, Benjamin : Temporal Variations, for oboe & piano
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The British are fond of understatement: Benjamin Britten once described himself as a composer of occasional music. Four of Britten's most genial "pieces of ephemera" are presented here by Gernot Schmalfuss, one of the most brilliant oboists of our time, together with his chamber music partners Mamiko Watanabe and the Mannheim String Quartet.

Britten's understatement was an allusion to his predilection for composing works for specific instrumentalists or occasions. All the pieces recorded here were premiered by the dedicatees, and his oeuvre as a whole reflected his desire to accomplish something with his music, even it was only to provide extraordinarily good entertainment.

The oboist Gernot Schmalfuß can look back on an extraordinarily broad education and a no less impressive career. He studied oboe, piano, and conducting in Detmold and London. From 1968 to 1979 he was the solo oboist of the Munich Philharmonic. During this time he received instruction in orchestral conducting from Rudolf Kempe. As a member of the Consortium Classicum, he has contributed significantly to the critical esteem and success of the ensemble's MDG releases.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Phantasy for Oboe and String Trio, Op. 2
  • Performer: Gernot Schmalfuss (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Mannheim String Quartet
  • Notes: 06/29/1998/11/04/1998
  • Running Time: 14 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Britten, Benjamin : Metamorphoses (6) after Ovid, for oboe solo, Op. 49
  • Performer: Gernot Schmalfuss (Oboe)
  • Notes: 06/29/1998/11/04/1998
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Britten, Benjamin : Insect Pieces
  • Performer: Gernot Schmalfuss (Oboe)
  • Notes: 06/29/1998/11/04/1998
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Britten, Benjamin : Temporal Variations, for oboe & piano
  • Performer: Gernot Schmalfuss (Oboe)
  • Notes: 06/29/1998/11/04/1998
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936