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Wolf-Ferrari: Concertinos / Rotman, Loubry, Van Bockstal


Release Date: 05/30/2006 
Label:  Talent Records   Catalog #: 90   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Performer:  Piet Van BockstalLuc Loubry
Conductor:  Hans Rotman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westsächisches Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

There aren't many decent concertos for oboe, let alone similar works for English horn or bassoon, but these three certainly qualify. They are aggressively neo-classical: charming, tuneful, light, and gentle. Thankfully Wolf-Ferrari has no axes to grind and doesn't need to impress us with his "depth". In fact, these aren't traditional concertos at all, but are closer to baroque suites (think of Bach's B minor Suite for flute and strings). Each has four movements of unchallenging length, highlights the solo instrument effectively, and offers plenty of contrasting tunes and textures.

The performances are uniformly fine.
Read more Oboe/English horn soloist Piet van Bockstal has a pleasing tone that's never fatiguing or whiny. Bassoonist Luc Loubry manages to sound lyrical without turning unintentionally comic, and both players are very well balanced against an orchestra that has no trouble with the composer's modest demands. The engineering is equally warm and satisfying in both regular and SACD stereo. This isn't the kind of disc that will blow you away, but it's very nice music for quiet evenings at home, or for a relaxing break from your otherwise busy day, and heaven knows there's nothing wrong with that.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concertino for Oboe, 2 Horns and Strings in A major, Op. 15 "Idillio" by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Performer:  Piet Van Bockstal (Oboe)
Conductor:  Hans Rotman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westsächisches Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1933; Italy 
2.
Concertino for English Horn, 2 Horns and Strings in A flat major, Op. 34 by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Performer:  Piet Van Bockstal (English Horn)
Conductor:  Hans Rotman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westsächisches Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Venice, Italy 
3.
Suite-Concertino for Bassoon and 2 Horns in F major, Op. 16 by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Performer:  Piet Van Bockstal (English Horn), Luc Loubry (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Hans Rotman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westsächisches Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1933; Italy 

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