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Five Italian Oboe Concertos / Daniel, Peterborough Orchestra


Release Date: 10/12/1999 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55034   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Tomaso AlbinoniVincenzo BelliniAlessandro MarcelloAntonio Vivaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel
Conductor:  Nicholas Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peterborough String Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Oboe concertos from baroque times are plentiful but thereafter the species became endangered; romantic oboe concertos are something of a rarity. Bellini's charming work, more or less what you might expect of one whose name is so firmly linked to opera, is a product of his youth and his only concerto for any instrument; It extends the past rather than smooths the passage to the twentieth-century revival of the form. Even the earlier Cimarosa, adapted by Arthur Benjamin from keyboard sonatas is an ersatz oboe concerto, albeit a successful and oft-recorded one. Familiarity and popularity seem to be the key words in this programme, in which the remaining works are old friends, with a liberal choice of alternative versions on Compact Disc. Read more Eleven of Vivaldi's 19 completed oboe concertos have been recorded, which leaves a fair tract of fresh ground to be tilled. Albinoni, too, was generous to the oboe in his Concerti a cinque (Opp. 7 and 9), of which Op. 9 No. 2 has had the lion's share of attention, even had Marcello been equally so, which he wasn't, how could you resist the familiar D minor?

The programme is, though, perhaps what we should expect from a soloist on his concerto debut disc, he plays quite superbly, with precise articulation, in fluid lines, and with a tone from which all sharp edges have been lovingly polished. He projects the spirit of each work and movement very well. The orchestra display stylishness, unanimity and moderated weight, under which the friendly jangle of the harpsichord is never concealed. Despite the familiarity of most of its music, this is a very enjoyable and well recorded disc.

-- John Duarte, Gramophone [8/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerti (12) à 5, Op. 9: no 2 for Oboe in D minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
Conductor:  Nicholas Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peterborough String Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Venice, Italy 
2. Concerto for Oboe in E flat major by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
Conductor:  Nicholas Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peterborough String Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1825; Italy 
3. Concerto for Oboe in D minor by Alessandro Marcello
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
Conductor:  Nicholas Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peterborough String Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Italy 
4. Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 447 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
Conductor:  Nicholas Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peterborough String Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5. Concerto for Oboe in C major by Domenico Cimarosa
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
Conductor:  Nicholas Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peterborough String Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 
Notes: This concerto is based on four of Cimarosa's piano sonatas, adapted by
Arthur Benjamin in 1942. 

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