BMC 14

featuring works by
Albinoni, Vivaldi, Marcello, Telemann, Handel, & Alessandro Scarlatti

The Zurich Baroque Ensemble
The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

1. Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671-1751):
     Concerto in C for oboe & strings op 9/11

2. Alessandro Marcello (1669-1750):
     Concerto for oboe & orchestra

3. Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741):
     Concerto in B-flat for oboe, violin & strings

4. Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767):
     Concerto in f-minor for oboe & strings

5. George Frideric Handel (1685-1759):
     Concerto #1 in B-flat for oboe & strings

6. Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725):
     Concerto for oboe & strings in a-minor

7. Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671-1751):
     Concerto for 2 oboes & strings in F, op 9/3

8. Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726):
     Adagio for oboe, cello, organ & strings

Total time 79:42

The oboe has always been a popular instrument among classical musicians, with its unique sonorities and the wide range of expression which its player can achieve through its sensitive reed.

Here we offer a selection of some of the baroque composers' finest concertos for this instrument, all played in the "old style" without haste, allowing due time for the soloist to give maximum expression to his featured instrument.

Interesting to compare Vivaldi with Albinoni; Vivaldi wrote violin music for the oboe, while Albinoni wrote vocal music for the oboe. The difference is that Albinoni recognizes the oboist's need to breathe!

The Marcello is a real favourite - the work by Alessandro Scarlatti will surely become one.

The contributions of Handel and Telemann are no less worthy, bringing us a Germanic approach contrasting with the Italians. Altogether a pleasant selection of the best from the baroque oboe repertoire.

Our heading, top is a scene from Harry Vas Dias's Baroque Oboe Workshop
Photo by Federico Mena-Quintero

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