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Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos / Lencses, Ensemble La Follia

Vivaldi / Lencses / Ensemble La Follia
Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98597   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lajos LencsésChristophe Bianco
Conductor:  Miguel de la Fuente
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Follia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



VIVALDI Oboe Concertos Lajos Lencsés (ob); Ens La Follia; Stuttgart RSO Str HÄNSSLER 98.597 (54:58)


Oboe Concertos: in C , RV452; in D , RV 453; in C , RV 447; in a , Read more class="ARIAL12">RV 461; in C , RV 178. Oboe and Violin Concerto in B?, RV 548


Since Lajos Lencsés has so thoroughly disproved it over the years, and since there are no secrets in the Internet age, I hit the Web to find out who coined the old saw that “the oboe is an ill wind, etc., etc.” Surprise, surprise. Nobody really knows. It’s been attributed to, among others, Thomas Beecham, Ogden Nash, Oscar Levant, Victor Borge, Duke Ellington, Danny Kaye and/or his wife, Sylvia Fine, and—the only oboist in the lot—Mitch (Mitchell, when he was playing the thing) Miller. My best guess is that it was either (a) a neophyte reed player on the verge of discovering the joy of drumming, or (b) his teacher, or (c) an accomplished practitioner intent on discouraging competition.


Lencsés himself, I’m sure, has no interest in such ephemera. What he does set out to do with this disc is to discredit another bromide, Stravinsky’s (though he doesn’t name him) ill-informed barb that Vivaldi composed the same concerto 600 times. And Lencsés does—in words, to be sure, but also in louder-speaking actions. These predictably expert performances clearly demonstrate not only the Red Priest’s uncanny ability to find new and fresh ways to exploit his ubiquitous fast-slow-fast pattern, but also Lencsés’s mastery of them.


Here’s another surprise. Although he has been a prolific recording artist, with a wide-ranging, sometimes esoteric discography, these are the first Vivaldi recordings by Lencsés to come my way. He discusses how his approach to Vivaldi has evolved, but I have no way to track his progress. Suffice it to say that his current way with this music leaves little to be desired.


Incidentally, in deference to Vivaldi’s tenure at the girl’s orphanage, Lencsés made this recording with a mostly female orchestra. Truth to tell, if he hadn’t said so, I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 452 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lajos Lencsés (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Follia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Sommerrain-Kirche, Stuttgart 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Oboe in D major, RV 453 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lajos Lencsés (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Follia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Mulhouse 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 447 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lajos Lencsés (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Follia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Sommerrain-Kirche, Stuttgart 
Length: 12 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Oboe in A minor, RV 461 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lajos Lencsés (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Follia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Mulhouse 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin in C major, Op. 8 no 12/RV 178 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lajos Lencsés (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Follia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Sommerrain-Kirche, Stuttgart 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in B flat major, RV 548 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lajos Lencsés (Oboe), Christophe Bianco (Violin)
Conductor:  Miguel de la Fuente
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Follia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Mulhouse 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 452: I. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 452: II. Adagio
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 452: III. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in D major, RV 453: I. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in D major, RV 453: II. Largo
Oboe Concerto in D major, RV 453: III. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 447: I. Allegro non molto
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 447: II. Larghetto
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 447: III. Minuetto
Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461: I. Allegro non molto
Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461: II. Larghetto
Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in C major, Op. 8, No. 12, RV 178: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in C major, Op. 8, No. 12, RV 178: II. Largo
Violin Concerto in C major, Op. 8, No. 12, RV 178: III. Allegro
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in B flat major, RV 548: I. Allegro
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in B flat major, RV 548: II. Largo
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in B flat major, RV 548: III. Allegro

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