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A 20th-century Recital / Alexei Ogrintchouk, Leonid Ogrintchouk


Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2023   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul HindemithBenjamin BrittenAntal DorátiPavel Haas,   ... 
Performer:  Alexei OgrintchoukLeonid Ogrintchouk
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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

In their recital of twentieth-century music for oboe and piano, Alexei Ogrintchouk and his father Leonid present five works largely inspired by outstanding oboists and connected to the political and cultural tensions of the period leading up to, during and after the Second World War. Benjamin Britten’s interest in the oboe stemmed from his Phantasy Quartet of 1932, which was premièred by the eminent oboist Léon Goossens. In 1936 he composed the Temporal Variations, at a time when his diaries record much anxiety about the Spanish Civil War. This seems to surface in the nine brief movements, which include parodies of military
Read more marching and forced exercises, reaching a climax in the ‘Commination’, a recital of divine threats against sinners. Only two years later, in 1938, Goossens premièred the newly composed Oboe Sonata by Paul Hindemith, who soon after would emigrate from Nazi Germany where his situation had become untenable. His Czech colleague, Pavel Haas was less fortunate – caught in occupied Prague he composed one of his last works, the Suite for Oboe and Piano, shortly before being placed in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt – in 1944 he was sent to his death in Auschwitz. By then Paul Ben-Haim had lived for more than a decade in Palestine, where he emigrated after the Nazis had come to power in his native Germany. Adopting a Hebrew name, Ben-Haim was active in researching the folk songs of the Middle East, and described his Three Songs without Words as ‘tone pictures of an oriental mood’. In the most recent work on the disc, the Duo Concertante from 1983, the mood is if anything Hungarian – a colourful and virtuosic ‘Hungarian Rhapsody for the 20th century’ which Antal Doráti, a student of both Bartók and Kodály, composed for the Swiss oboist Heinz Holliger.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Oboe and Piano by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Alexei Ogrintchouk (Oboe), Leonid Ogrintchouk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Switzerland 
2.
Temporal Variations by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexei Ogrintchouk (Oboe), Leonid Ogrintchouk (Piano)
Written: 1936 pub 1980 
3.
Duo Concertante for Oboe and Piano by Antal Doráti
Performer:  Alexei Ogrintchouk (Oboe), Leonid Ogrintchouk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1984; USA 
4.
Suite for Oboe and Piano, Op. 17 by Pavel Haas
Performer:  Alexei Ogrintchouk (Oboe), Leonid Ogrintchouk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Czech Republic 
5.
Songs (3) without words for voice and orchestra/piano by Paul Ben-Haim
Performer:  Alexei Ogrintchouk (Oboe), Leonid Ogrintchouk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Israel 

Sound Samples

Oboe Sonata: I. Munter
Oboe Sonata: II. Sehr langsam - lebhaft - sehr langsam - wieder lebhaft
Temporal Variations: Theme
Temporal Variations: Variation 1: Oration
Temporal Variations: Variation 2: March
Temporal Variations: Variation 3: Exercises
Temporal Variations: Variation 4: Commination
Temporal Variations: Variation 5: Chorale
Temporal Variations: Variation 6: Waltz
Temporal Variations: Variation 7: Polka
Temporal Variations: Variation 8: Resolution
Duo Concertante for Oboe and Piano: I. Libero, rubatissimo
Duo Concertante for Oboe and Piano: II. Molto vivace
Oboe Suite, Op. 17: I. Furioso
Oboe Suite, Op. 17: II. Con fuoco - Con moto e poco largamente
Oboe Suite, Op. 17: III. Moderato
3 Songs without Words (version for oboe and piano): No. 1. Arioso: Molto moderato
3 Songs without Words (version for oboe and piano): No. 2. Ballad: Allegretto
3 Songs without Words (version for oboe and piano): No. 3. Sephardic Melody: Largamente rubato e molto appassionato

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