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Gemini - Baroque Oboe Concertos / De Vries, Et Al


Release Date: 05/02/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 50905   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGeorg Philipp TelemannAntonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Han de Vries
Conductor:  Lucy Van Dael
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di ZagrebAlma Musica Amsterdam
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews



VIVALDI Oboe Concertos: in a, RV 461; in C, RV 450; in D, RV 453; in d, RV 454; in F, RV 456; in B?, RV 465; in C, RV 178. BACH Oboe Concertos: in F, BWV 1053; Read more class="ARIAL12b">in C, BWV 1055; in g, BWV 1056. TELEMANN Oboe Concertos: in e; in d; in f; in c 1 ? Han de Vries (ob); I Solisti di Zagreb; Lucy van Dael (cond); 1 Alma Musica Amsterdam 1 (period instruments) 1 ? EMI 50905 (2 CDs: 142:13)


When the Electrola LP bearing de Vries?s Telemann concertos was initially released in 1983, my review ( Fanfare 6:6) was?face it?rather shamelessly effusive. And when those performances turned up again on a Musical Heritage Society CD, my response, though a tad more circumspect, was similarly affirmative. It?s hard to beat a program of arresting music, performed to virtual perfection. What more could one want? Well, one could want more. The four concertos were short measure, even for the original LP.


More is exactly what you get with the current compilation?not more Telemann, but seven concertos by Vivaldi and three Bach concerto reconstructions, a veritable feast of Baroque music for the oboe. If that is your thing, ask no questions; just go for this two-disc Gemini set ASAP.


For the record, the Telemann concertos were performed on a Baroque oboe with the period-instruments ensemble, Alma Musica Amsterdam, directed by Lucy van Dael. The Bach and Vivaldi sets, both recorded in 1979, employed a modern oboe and I Solisti di Zagreb, a fine, modern-instruments chamber orchestra. As well as de Vries handles the Baroque oboe, he is equally proficient on the modern instrument, and his Bach and Vivaldi match his Telemann in proficiency and flair.


Of course, there are no actual surviving oboe concertos by Bach. Three ?reconstructed? concertos form the basis for most of the current recordings, but de Vries has included only one, the F-Major Concerto derived from BWV 1053?which has also appeared in an E?-Major variant, as well as another version in D Major for oboe d?amore. Arguably the most popular of the reconstructions is the concerto derived from BWV 1055, but it is usually scored for an oboe d?amore and played in the key of A Major. De Vries has recorded a C-Major variant, played on a standard oboe. And he has bypassed the usual third concerto, derived in part from BWV 1059, in favor of yet another reconstruction, this one in G Minor and based on BWV 1056. I?m familiar with only one other recording of the G-Minor Concerto, by Christian Hommel on Naxos. Incidentally, both the 1056 and 1059 reconstructions incorporate the exquisite sinfonia from Cantata 156 as their second movements. Hommel, who recorded both, substituted the Adagio from the Marcello concerto, which Bach copied, in BWV 1059.


Bottom line: unreservedly recommended.


FANFARE: George Chien
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe in F major, BWV 1053 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Arrangers: Hermann Töttcher; Gottfried Müller. 
2.
Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Arranger: Hans de Vries. 
3.
Concerto for Oboe in G minor, BWV 1056 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Arranger: Winfried Radeke. 
4.
Concerto for Oboe in E minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Conductor:  Lucy Van Dael
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alma Musica Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Conductor:  Lucy Van Dael
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alma Musica Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
6.
Concerto for Oboe in F minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Conductor:  Lucy Van Dael
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alma Musica Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
7.
Concerto for Oboe in C minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Conductor:  Lucy Van Dael
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alma Musica Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
8.
Concerto for Oboe in A minor, RV 461 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
9.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 450 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
10.
Concerto for Oboe in D major, RV 453 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
11.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor, Op. 8 no 9/RV 454 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
12.
Concerto for Oboe in F major, RV 456 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
13.
Concerto for Oboe in B flat major, Op. 7 no 1/RV 465 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716-1721; Venice, Italy 
Notes: The attribution of this composition to Vivaldi is doubtful. 
14.
Concerto for Violin in C major, Op. 8 no 12/RV 178 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Han de Vries (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Concerto in F, after BWV 1053 (arr. Hermann Töttcher & Gottfried Müller) (1987 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Concerto in F, after BWV 1053 (arr. Hermann Töttcher & Gottfried Müller) (1987 Digital Remaster): II. Siciliano
Concerto in F, after BWV 1053 (arr. Hermann Töttcher & Gottfried Müller) (1987 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro
Concerto in C, after BWV 1055 (arr. Han de Vries) (1987 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Concerto in C, after BWV 1055 (arr. Han de Vries) (1987 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Concerto in C, after BWV 1055 (arr. Han de Vries) (1987 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro ma non tanto
Concerto in G minor, after BWV 1056 & 156 (arr. Winfired Radeke) (1987 Digital Remaster): I. Moderato
Concerto in G minor, after BWV 1056 & 156 (arr. Winfired Radeke) (1987 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Concerto in G minor, after BWV 1056 & 156 (arr. Winfired Radeke) (1987 Digital Remaster): III. Presto
Concerto in E minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo: I. Andante
Concerto in E minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo: II. Allegro molto
Concerto in E minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo: IiI. Largo
Concerto in E minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo: IV. Allegro
Concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo: I. Adagio
Concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo: II. (Allegro)
Concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo: III. Adagio
Concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo: IV. (Allegro)
Concerto in F minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo: I. Allegro
Concerto in F minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo: II. Largo
Concerto in F minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo: III. Vivace
Concerto for Oboe and Strings in C minor (1989 Digital Remaster): I.
Concerto for Oboe and Strings in C minor (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Allegro
Concerto for Oboe and Strings in C minor (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio
Concerto for Oboe and Strings in C minor (1989 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro
Concerto in A Minor, RV 461: I. Allegro non molto
Concerto in A Minor, RV 461: II. Larghetto
Concerto in A Minor, RV 461: III. Allegro
Concerto in C, RV 450: I. Allegro molto
Concerto in C, RV 450: II. Larghetto
Concerto in C, RV 450: III. Allegro
Concerto in D, RV 453: I. Allegro
Concerto in D, RV 453: II. Largo
Concerto in D, RV 453: III. Allegro
Concerto in D minor, RV 454 (1985 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro Moderato
Concerto in D minor, RV 454 (1985 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Concerto in D minor, RV 454 (1985 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro
Concerto in F, RV 456 (1985 Digital Remaster): I. Largo
Concerto in F, RV 456 (1985 Digital Remaster): II. Allegro- Adagio
Concerto in F, RV 456 (1985 Digital Remaster): III. Presto
Concerto in B flat, RV 465 (1985 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Concerto in B flat, RV 465 (1985 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto in B flat, RV 465 (1985 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro
Concerto in C, RV 178 (1985 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Concerto in C, RV 178 (1985 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Concerto in C, RV 178 (1985 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro

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