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Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos / Hammer, De Bruine, Hogwood


Release Date: 08/29/2007 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 433674   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stephen HammerFrank De BruineEric HoeprichAntony Pay
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vivaldi's oboe concertos have not exactly languished for want of attention. There have been at least two integral series—with different contents—by Holliger (Philips, LPs only) and Glaetzner (Capriccio). There was a considerable difference in contents between the two sets, neither of which is currently listed in Opus. Surprising, Opus doesn't show any discs devoted exclusively to the oboe concertos of Vivaldi, nor does the latest Penguin Guide. Consequently L'Oiseau-Lyre's imaginative compilation is all the more welcome. In addition to four solo concertos, Hogwood has included a concerto for two oboes and another for the unusual combination of pairs of oboes and clarinets. The quadruple concerto, one of two composed for that particular Read more combination, may be of special interest. L'Oiseau-Lyre doesn't make any claims for the latter, but I would guess that it's pretty rare. It's new to my collection, and I couldn't find it in Opus. All of the concertos in the program are primarily virtuoso vehicles, with the honors shared by the two well-matched soloists. Both Hammer and de Bruine play their period instruments with exhilarating, almost insolent, ease (as do Hoeprich and Pay), but flying fingers aren't the point of the disc. Duke Ellington's dictum is as applicable here as anywhere, and Hogwood has seen to it that these performances swing with the best of them. The recording is excellent, and the disc is well recommended. But why is Philips sitting on the Holliger recordings?

-- George Chien, Fanfare [9/1993] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Oboe in F major, RV 457 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stephen Hammer (Oboe)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Oboe in A minor, RV 461 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stephen Hammer (Oboe)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3. Concerto for 2 Oboes in D minor, RV 535 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Frank De Bruine (Oboe), Stephen Hammer (Oboe)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Oboe in A minor, RV 463 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Frank De Bruine (Oboe)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5. Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 447 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Frank De Bruine (Oboe)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6. Concerto for 2 Oboes and 2 Clarinets in C major, RV 559 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Eric Hoeprich (Clarinet), Stephen Hammer (Oboe), Frank De Bruine (Oboe),
Antony Pay (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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