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Oboe Passion: Arias & Concertos By J.s. Bach & Sons

Bach,J.s. / Oostenrijk / Oostenrijk
Release Date: 02/14/2012 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72506   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Christian BachCarl Philipp Emmanuel BachJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pauline OostenrijkRemy BaudetLucia SwartsSiebe Henstra,   ... 
Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording has been ‘in the can’ for a long time. Indeed the Bach arias have appeared before on CC 72034, the concertos on the Vanguard Classics label way back around the turn of the century. This attractive double-disc release gives the aria texts in German only at the back of the booklet, and has interesting if largely somewhat anecdotal booklet notes by Pauline Oostenrijk.

Your response to CD 1 will depend a little on whether you fancy the idea of 13 of Bach’s cantata arias for soprano and oboe obbligato taken in isolation and played back to back. It can be a bit much in one sitting, but the programme has been nicely ordered to provide contrast and is packed full of beautiful music. Nienke and Pauline Oostenrijk have
Read more performed these works many times before, and their familiarity with and love for these pieces radiates warmly through your speakers. Nienke’s soprano voice is a touch darker than choirboy purity, though it can take on this character at some moments. She uses vibrato in a natural fashion, not throwing it in like an opera diva’s wide wobble, but also not cramping her own style in an attempt to fit some abstract early music performance ideal. There are one or two moments where Bach’s technical demands test her accuracy just a little such as in the energetic Flößt, mein Heiland from the Christmas Oratorio, but there are lovely little touches as well, such as the echo in Liebster Jesu, Mein Verlangen which appears to have been dropped in during post production, the soloist taking up a position somewhere at the back of the church to provide the effect. The soprano voice and oboe are balanced nicely against the continuo harpsichord or organ and, where applicable, strings or other instruments. There are lovely numbers throughout the programme, but my highlights include the pointillist organ and recorders and scrunchy harmonies of Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen, as well as the gorgeous opening track Ich Bin Vergnuegt Mit Meinem Gluecke and the moving Seufer, Tränen, Kummer, Not. There are a few similar collections around, including a very fine but much more large scale and operatic sounding one on the Archiv label with Magdalena Kozená, a comparison with which would be like comparing chalk with marble.

The J.S. Bach oboe concerto overlaps with a couple of recent releases I’ve looked at, from ECM with Heinz Holliger, and with Alexei Ogrintchouk on the BIS label for the BWV 1055 reconstruction. Pauline Oostenrijk’s recording doesn’t really replace either of these, but it is very fine in a fairly laid back sort of way. Her oboe d’amore playing is truly lyrical in the central Larghetto, and the playing is lively if not particularly urgent in the outer movements.
The delicious sound of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta suits Johann Christian Bach’s Mozart-influenced Concerto in F perfectly. This gentle approach obtains maximum tenderness in J.C. Bach’s Larghetto, but I was glad to hear the orchestral articulation and dynamics firming up for elder brother Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Concerto in E flat. It’s perhaps a little far -fetched to read too much Sturm und Drang into this concerto, which is more pleasantly diverting than filled with the ‘violent mood changes’ which Oostenrijk claims for it in her booklet notes, but there is plenty of that empfindsame expression which characterises C.P.E. Bach’s melodically strong compositional style.

This is a fine brace of re-releases packaged in an attractive SACD hybrid single-thickness double jewel case. The SACD layer is a recent re-mastering, but doesn’t add a huge amount to already more than decent stereo recordings.

-- Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for oboe (or flute), string orchestra & 2 horns in F major, CW C81 (T. 290/7) by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe)
Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem (NL) 
Length: 17 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Oboe in E flat major, Wq 165/H 468 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe)
Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1765; Berlin, Germany 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem (NL) 
Length: 19 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3.
Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, BWV 84: Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Remy Baudet (Violin), Lucia Swarts (Cello), Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord),
Wim Ten Have (Viola), Siebe Henstra (Organ), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe),
Nienke Oostenrijk (), Franc Polman (Violin), Robert Franenberg (Double Bass)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, BWV 84: Ich esse mit Freuden mein weniges Brot by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nienke Oostenrijk (), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe), Siebe Henstra (Organ),
Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Wim Ten Have (Viola), Franc Polman (Violin),
Robert Franenberg (Double Bass), Lucia Swarts (Cello), Remy Baudet (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV 32: no 1, Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Remy Baudet (Violin), Wim Ten Have (Viola), Nienke Oostenrijk (),
Robert Franenberg (Double Bass), Franc Polman (Violin), Lucia Swarts (Cello),
Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Siebe Henstra (Organ), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 39, Flösst, mein Heiland by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Franc Polman (Violin), Robert Franenberg (Double Bass), Nienke Oostenrijk (),
Remy Baudet (Violin), Lucia Swarts (Cello), Wim Ten Have (Viola),
Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Siebe Henstra (Organ), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1: no 3, Erfullet, ihr himmlischen gottlichen Flammen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Franc Polman (Violin), Robert Franenberg (Double Bass), Nienke Oostenrijk (),
Remy Baudet (Violin), Siebe Henstra (Organ), Wim Ten Have (Viola),
Lucia Swarts (Cello), Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe da caccia)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
8.
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: no 3, Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Siebe Henstra (Organ), Wim Ten Have (Viola), Remy Baudet (Violin),
Nienke Oostenrijk (), Robert Franenberg (Double Bass), Lucia Swarts (Cello),
Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Franc Polman (Violin), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
9.
Die Elenden sollen essen, BWV 75: Ich nehme mein Leiden mit Freuden auf mich by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robert Franenberg (Double Bass), Nienke Oostenrijk (), Remy Baudet (Violin),
Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Wim Ten Have (Viola), Lucia Swarts (Cello),
Siebe Henstra (Organ), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe d'amore), Franc Polman (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 05/30/1723 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10.
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 93: no 6, Ich will auf den Herren schau'n by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robert Franenberg (Double Bass), Nienke Oostenrijk (), Remy Baudet (Violin),
Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Wim Ten Have (Viola), Lucia Swarts (Cello),
Siebe Henstra (Organ), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe), Franc Polman (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
11.
Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin, BWV 144: no 5, Genügsamkeit ist ein Schatz in diesem Leben by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nienke Oostenrijk (), Robert Franenberg (Double Bass), Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord),
Wim Ten Have (Viola), Lucia Swarts (Cello), Siebe Henstra (Organ),
Remy Baudet (Violin), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe d'amore), Franc Polman (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
12.
Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 74: no 2, Komm, komm, mein Herze by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robert Franenberg (Double Bass), Nienke Oostenrijk (), Remy Baudet (Violin),
Siebe Henstra (Organ), Wim Ten Have (Viola), Lucia Swarts (Cello),
Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe da caccia), Franc Polman (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13.
Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott, BWV 127: Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Franc Polman (Violin), Robert Franenberg (Double Bass), Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder),
Nienke Oostenrijk (), Remy Baudet (Violin), Lucia Swarts (Cello),
Wim Ten Have (Viola), Paul Leenhouts (Recorder), Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord),
Siebe Henstra (Organ), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
14.
Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht, BWV 105: no 3, Wie zittern und wanken der Sünder gedanken by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wim Ten Have (Viola), Lucia Swarts (Cello), Remy Baudet (Violin),
Nienke Oostenrijk (), Robert Franenberg (Double Bass), Franc Polman (Violin),
Siebe Henstra (Organ), Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
15.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31: no 8, Letzte Stunde, brich herein by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Siebe Henstra (Organ), Franc Polman (Violin), Robert Franenberg (Double Bass),
Nienke Oostenrijk (), Lucia Swarts (Cello), Remy Baudet (Violin),
Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe d'amore), Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Wim Ten Have (Viola)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Doopgezinde Remonstrantse Kerk, Deventer 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
16.
Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pauline Oostenrijk (Oboe d'amore)
Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem (NL) 
Length: 13 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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