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Interestingly, this set from the early 1990s remains one of only two collections of Albinoni's Op. 7 concertos available complete in one package. (The other is from 1999, performed by the Berlin Chamber Orchestra, also on Philips.) Not that most listeners will feel a great need to own all 12 of these very expertly written concertos, full of catchy tunes (à la Handel), buoyant rhythms, pensive slow movements, engaging solo parts, and, well, most everything an Italian Baroque concerto grosso should have. It's just that there's not a lot of variety--that next level of ingenuity (again, as in Handel's works in the genre) that would take these very accomplished concertos beyond their intended purpose as functional entertainment.
Nevertheless, I Musici, along with top-notch oboe soloists Heinz Holliger and Maurice Bourgue, delivers performances as sonorous and stylish as you'll hear from one of the world's best modern-instrument ensembles, and the sound is fine if a bit on the bright side. Baroque oboe fans will enjoy this, of course, as will anyone who appreciates the mostly sunny demeanor and ear-pleasing sounds of early-18th-century Italian orchestral music. (And speaking of Handel, I Musici's excellent but previously out-of-print set of Op. 6 concertos, recorded around the same time as this Albinoni collection, is available again through Arkivmusic.com's "on demand" service.)
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Concerti (12) ŕ 5, Op. 7 by Tomaso Albinoni
Heinz Holliger (),
Maurice Bourgue ()
Written: by 1715; Venice, Italy
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Che ne so? December 4, 2012
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