Heinz Holliger

Biography

Born: May 21, 1939   Country: Switzerland  
Heinz Holliger (b. 1939) is considered one of the world's leading oboe virtuosos, as well as a noted composer and conductor. He began playing recorder at age four and piano at six. Eventually he switched to oboe, studying with Cassagnaud and Veress at the Berne Conservatory. He then moved to Paris to study oboe with Pierlot, and piano with Lefébure. In 1959 he won a first prize for oboe in the Geneva Competition, and in the same year was hired as Read more an oboist by the Basel Symphony Orchestra. Meanwhile, he studied composition with Pierre Boulez form 1961 to 1963. His career as an international oboe virtuoso began in 1963. His tours included solo appearances, performances with his wife, the harpist Ursula Holliger, and chamber music appearances with the Holliger Ensemble, a chamber group he founded. He was appointed professor of oboe at the Staatliche Musikhochschule of Freiburg in 1965.

He quickly became known as the outstanding oboist of the time. He adopted the smoother, thinner French sound rather than the wider German quality. Even by comparison with the French sound, his tone quality is exceptionally bright. He has a deep understanding for the performance practices of all eras of music, and has garnered particular praise for his mastery of the many extended techniques related to the performance of twentieth century music. He is credited with having extended the technical range of the instrument more than any other oboist. Some of these extended techniques include harmonics, double trills, multiphonics, and glissandos. In interviews he has disputed this accreditation, saying, "I have invented nothing." He points to instances where these techniques appeared in earlier music, such as an oboe glissando in Mahler's Third Symphony, but in fact he was the first to make extensive use of these techniques. In addition, he has introduced new sounds attainable only by placing a microphone inside the instrument.

He is very alert to the need for expanding the repertoire of the instrument. He has been critical of oboists for not commissioning challenging new works. He has commissioned works from Berio, Stockhausen, Penderecki, Frank Martin, Pousseur, Henze, Krenek, Jolivet, and Lutoslawski. The Lutoslawski work, a double concerto for oboe, harp, and orchestra, written for Holliger and his wife, is considered a masterpiece of twentieth century literature.

Holliger began composing when he was young, and has compiled an extensive catalogue in many genres. His music is thoroughly influenced by Schoenberg, Webern and Luigi Nono. Holliger composed The Magical Dances for two dancers, chorus, orchestra, and tape, a work of exceptional aural density and fine nuances. He has also used Indian rhythms to represent specific poetic imagery. In Pneuma (1970) for thirty-six winds, four radios, organ, and percussion, he requires the performers to make specific breathing sounds into microphones, and Cardiophonie uses an amplified stethoscope attached to a solo wind player to add the players pulse to the music. Usually Holliger's music has a very tight internal logic caused by the strict use of serial procedures, and his musical textures can range from slow, attenuated wisps of sound to combinations of instrumental sound so thick that they practically become "white noise." His compositions are almost uniformly technically difficult to perform, and highly challenging to listen to. Read less

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Born: May 21, 1939   Country: Switzerland  
Heinz Holliger (b. 1939) is considered one of the world's leading oboe virtuosos, as well as a noted composer and conductor. He began playing recorder at age four and piano at six. Eventually he switched to oboe, studying with Cassagnaud and Veress at the Berne Conservatory. He then moved to Paris to study oboe with Pierlot, and piano with Lefébure. In 1959 he won a first prize for oboe in the Geneva Competition, and in the same year was hired as Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D minor, Op.9, No.2 for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo - 1. Allegro e non presto
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D minor, Op.9, No.2 for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo - 2. Adagio
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D minor, Op.9, No.2 for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo - 3. Allegro
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 1. Andante e spiccato
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 2. Adagio
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 3. Presto
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in G minor, Op.9, No.8 for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo - 1. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in G minor, Op.9, No.8 for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo - 2. Adagio
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in G minor, Op.9, No.8 for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo - 3. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in C, Op.9, No.9 for 2 Oboes, Strings, and Continuo - 1. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto A 5 In C, Op.9, No.9 For 2 Oboes, Strings, And Continuo - 2. Adagio
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in C, Op.9, No.9 for 2 Oboes, Strings, and Continuo - 3. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe d'Amore, Strings, and Continuo in D, BWV 1053 - Reconstruction; Arnold Mehl - 1. (Allegro)
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe d'Amore, Strings, and Continuo in D, BWV 1053 - Reconstruction; Arnold Mehl - 2. Siciliano
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe d'Amore, Strings, and Continuo in D, BWV 1053 - Reconstruction; Arnold Mehl - 3. Allegro
Schumann: 3 Romances, Op.94 - No.1 Nicht schnell
Schumann: 3 Romances, Op.94 - No.2 Einfach, innig
Schumann: 3 Romances, Op.94 - No.3 Nicht schnell
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.73 - 1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.73 - 2. Lebhaft, leicht
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.73 - 3. Rasch und mit Feuer
I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato
II. Lento espressivo
III. Allegro giocoso
1. Allegro spiritoso
2. Largo
3. Allegretto
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Rondo (Allegretto ma non tanto)
1. -
2. Adagio
3. Rondo
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.1 In B Flat, HWV 301 - 1. Adagio
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.1 In B Flat, HWV 301 - 2. Allegro
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.1 in B flat, HWV 301 - 3. Largo
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.1 in B flat, HWV 301 - 4. Vivace
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.2 in B flat, HWV 302a - 1. Vivace
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.2 in B flat, HWV 302a - 2. Fuga (Allegro)
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.2 in B flat, HWV 302a - 3. Andante
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.2 in B flat, HWV 302a - 4. Allegro
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.3 in G minor, HWV 287 - 1. Grave
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.3 in G minor, HWV 287 - 2. Allegro
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.3 in G minor, HWV 287 - 3. Sarabande (Largo)
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.3 in G minor, HWV 287 - 4. Allegro
Handel: Concerto grosso in G, Op.3, No.3 - 1. Largo e staccato
Handel: Concerto grosso in G, Op.3, No.3 - 2. Allegro
Handel: Concerto grosso in G, Op.3, No.3 - 3. Adagio
Handel: Concerto grosso in G, Op.3, No.3 - 4. Allegro
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 1. Andante e spiccato
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 2. Adagio
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 3. Presto
Mozart: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon in E flat, K. 452 - 1. Largo - Allegro moderato
Mozart: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon in E flat, K. 452 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon in E flat, K. 452 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica, Flute, Oboe, Viola, and Cello in C minor, K.617 - 1. Adagio
Mozart: Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica, Flute, Oboe, Viola, and Cello in C minor, K.617 - 2. Rondo
1. (Allegro)
2. Affettuoso
3. Allegro molto
1. Moderato
2. Amabile
3. Presto
1. Allegro
2. Andante con sordini
3. (Tempo not indicated)
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
1. Andante
2. Presto
3. Cantabile
4. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.1 in F major - I. Adagio ma non troppo
Zelenka: Sonata No.1 in F major - II. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.1 in F major - III. Larghetto
Zelenka: Sonata No.1 in F major - IV. Allegro assai
Zelenka: Sonata No.2 in G minor - I. Andante
Zelenka: Sonata No.2 in G minor - II. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.2 in G minor - III. Andante
Zelenka: Sonata No.2 in G minor - IV. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.3 in B flat major - I. Adagio
Zelenka: Sonata No.3 in B flat major - II. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.3 in B flat major - III. Largo
Zelenka: Sonata No.3 in B flat major - IV. Allegro - Tempo giusto
Zelenka: Sonata No.4 In G Minor - 1. Andante
Zelenka: Sonata No.4 In G Minor - 2. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.4 In G Minor - 3. Adagio
Zelenka: Sonata No.4 In G Minor - 4. Allegro ma non troppo
Zelenka: Sonata No.5 in F major - 1. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.5 in F major - 2. Adagio
Zelenka: Sonata No.5 in F major - 3. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.6 in C minor - 1. Andante
Zelenka: Sonata No.6 in C minor - 2. (Allegro)
Zelenka: Sonata No.6 in C minor - 3. Adagio
Zelenka: Sonata No.6 in C minor - 4. (Allegro)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Allegro ma non troppo
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 1. (Allegro)
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 2. Andante
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 3. Allegro assai
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in F, BWV 1053 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.2 in E, BWV 1053 - 1. (Allegro)
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in F, BWV 1053 - 2. Siciliano
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in F, BWV 1053 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.2 in E, BWV 1053 - 3. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - 1. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - 2. Siciliano
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - 3. Presto
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe d'amore, Strings, and Continuo in A, BWV 1055 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo in A, BWV 1055 - 1. (Allegro moderato)
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe d'amore, Strings, and Continuo in A, BWV 1055 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo in A, BWV 1055 - 2. Larghetto
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe d'amore, Strings, and Continuo in A, BWV 1055 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo in A, BWV 1055 - 3. Allegro ma non tanto
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in B flat, Op.7, No.3 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 1. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in B flat, Op.7, No.3 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 2. Adagio
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in B flat, Op.7, No.3 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 3. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D, Op.7, No.6 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 1. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D, Op.7, No.6 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 2. Adagio
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D, Op.7, No.6 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 3. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in F, Op.7, No.9 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 1. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in F, Op.7, No.9 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 2. Adagio
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in F, Op.7, No.9 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 3. Allegro
1. (Allegro)
2. Adagio
3. Allegro
4. Menuet - Trio - Polonaise
1. (Allegro)
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D minor, Op.9, No.2 for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo - 1. Allegro e non presto
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D minor, Op.9, No.2 for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo - 2. Adagio
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D minor, Op.9, No.2 for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo - 3. Allegro
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 1. Andante e spiccato
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 2. Adagio
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 3. Presto
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in C, Op.9, No.9 for 2 Oboes, Strings, and Continuo - 1. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto A 5 In C, Op.9, No.9 For 2 Oboes, Strings, And Continuo - 2. Adagio
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in C, Op.9, No.9 for 2 Oboes, Strings, and Continuo - 3. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - 1. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - 2. Siciliano
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - 3. Presto
1. Rapsodico
2. Dolente
3. Marciale e grotesco
1. (Allegro)
2. Siciliano
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Allegretto
2. Largo e mesto
3. Allegro moderato
Beethoven: Trio for 2 Oboes and cor anglais in C, Op.87 - 1. Allegro
Beethoven: Trio for 2 Oboes and cor anglais in C, Op.87 - 2. Adagio
Beethoven: Trio for 2 Oboes and cor anglais in C, Op.87 - 3. Menuetto (allegro molto - scherzo)
Beethoven: Trio for 2 Oboes and cor anglais in C, Op.87 - 4. Finale (presto)
Mozart: Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica, Flute, Oboe, Viola, and Cello in C minor, K.617 - 1. Adagio
Mozart: Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica, Flute, Oboe, Viola, and Cello in C minor, K.617 - 2. Rondo
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 1. (Allegro)
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 2. Andante
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 3. Allegro assai
= c.112 -
Andante ( = 50) -
= 80 -
Andante ( = 80)
1. Entrée
2. Vocalise
3. Cadenza
4. Rondeau
1. Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Adagio
2. Allegro
3. Vivace
1. Allegretto
2. Largo e mesto
3. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 2. Andante
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 3. Menuetto in canone
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 4. Allegro
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 3. Adagio
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 4. Menuetto
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 5. Finale (Allegro)
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 1. Allegro assai
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 3. Andante
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 4. Adagio
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 5. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 3. Andante grazioso
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 4. Adagio
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 5. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 1. Allegro spiritoso
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 3. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 4. Contredanse en Rondeau (Molto allegro)
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 2. Andante grazioso
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 3. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 4. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 1. Andante
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 3. Polonaise (Andante)
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 4. Presto assai
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.253 - 1. Tema con variazioni (Andante)
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.253 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.253 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 1. Allegro molto
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 3. Menuetto (Moderato)
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 4. Presto
1. (Allegro)
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. (Allegro)
2. Siciliano
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Siciliano
3. Presto
1. (Allegro moderato)
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro ma non tanto
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Violin, Oboe, and Strings in D minor, BWV 1060 - 1. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Violin, Oboe, and Strings in D minor, BWV 1060 - 2. Adagio
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Violin, Oboe, and Strings in D minor, BWV 1060 - 3. Allegro
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 1. Andante e spiccato
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 2. Adagio
Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor - 3. Presto
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D, Op.7, No.6 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 1. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D, Op.7, No.6 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 2. Adagio
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in D, Op.7, No.6 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 3. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in F, Op.7, No.9 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 1. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in F, Op.7, No.9 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 2. Adagio
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in F, Op.7, No.9 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 3. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in B flat, Op.7, No.3 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 1. Allegro
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in B flat, Op.7, No.3 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 2. Adagio
Albinoni: Concerto a 5 in B flat, Op.7, No.3 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - 3. Allegro


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