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Italian Oboe Concertos / Diego Dini Ciacci

Sammartini / Orch Di Padova E Del Veneto / Ciacci
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777715   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Vincenzo BelliniGaetano DonizettiGiuseppe PilottiGioachino Rossini,   ... 
Performer:  Diego Dini Ciacci
Conductor:  Diego Dini Ciacci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Four early 19th century works, and two from the late 18th, make up this splendid if somewhat short concert by ace Italian oboist Diego Dini Ciacci and the classy Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. Soloist and ensemble appeared together on another CPO CD (777 157-2) released half a dozen years ago, in a similar programme showcasing the wind concertos of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, a composer better known, like half of those on this disc, for his operas.
 
The works here by Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti and Pilotti do indeed all bear the stamp of
Read more a musician heavily influenced by the opera. They are uncomplicated and relatively unadventurous in scope, melody-driven and highly cantabile. At the same time their moderately virtuosic nature betokens an impressive understanding of the possibilities, as they were at the time, of the oboe - or in Donizetti's and Pilotti's case, the cor anglais.
 
The two 'truest' concertos, so to speak, are the earlier ones that open and close the disc. Sammartini's 'Sturm und Drang' work is a masterpiece of its time, bristling with colour and emotion. Aguilar's straightforward but attractive Concerto is enhanced by the extended final-movement quotation of a theme from Mozart's Exsultate, Jubilate.  
These two works, plus the Pilotti, are first recordings. Those by Donizetti, Bellini and especially Rossini, on the other hand, have all been recorded many times before. Rossini's Introduction, Theme and Variations is rightly a staple of the clarinettist's repertory. That said, Ciacci points out interestingly in the notes that Rossini originally indicated in his manuscript that the solo part may be taken by either clarinet or oboe. He argues moreover that certain passages are better suited to the latter. However, an unknown hand subsequently crossed out the "oboe" reference, with the rest being history: for 200 years it has been played almost exclusively by the clarinet!
 
Ciacci (pronounced 'charchee') makes a compelling case for oboists to finally take up the Rossini, but in all these works his performance is sophisticated: expressive, detailed and precise, with an unerring Italian ear for lyricism. His last recording for CPO met with similar critical enthusiasm. The Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto were brought to prominence in the Seventies by Claudio Scimone and in the Nineties by Peter Maag. Now nearing their half-century anniversary, they do not have a huge amount to do in music that always puts the oboist centre-stage; what they do, they do with typical style and poise. They are well recorded too; Ciacci even better. The German-English-Italian booklet notes are well written, informative and well translated.
 
-- Byzantion, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe in E flat major by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Diego Dini Ciacci (Oboe)
Conductor:  Diego Dini Ciacci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1825; Italy 
2.
Concertino for English Horn in G major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Diego Dini Ciacci (English Horn)
Conductor:  Diego Dini Ciacci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
3.
Concerto for English Horn in F major by Giuseppe Pilotti
Performer:  Diego Dini Ciacci (English Horn)
Conductor:  Diego Dini Ciacci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
4.
Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Diego Dini Ciacci (Oboe)
Conductor:  Diego Dini Ciacci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
5.
Concerto for Oboe in G major by Giovanni Battista Sammartini
Performer:  Diego Dini Ciacci (Oboe)
Conductor:  Diego Dini Ciacci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
6.
Concerto for Oboe in C major by Sante Aguilar
Performer:  Diego Dini Ciacci (Oboe)
Conductor:  Diego Dini Ciacci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto

Sound Samples

Oboe Concerto in G major: I. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in G major: II. Grave
Oboe Concerto in G major: III. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in E flat major
Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra from La Donna del lago (arr. for oboe and orchestra)
Cor Anglais Concertino in G major
Cor Anglais Concerto in F major
Oboe Concerto in D major

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