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Saint-saens: Sonatas For Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon, Op 166-168, Romance, Op 37, Etc / Ensemble Villa Musica

Release Date: 07/20/1999 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold Catalog #: 3040395   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Ingo GoritzkiLeonard HokansonUlf RodenhäuserDag Jensen,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the final year of his long life Camille Saint-Saëns composed three woodwind sonatas that prove as inspired, tuneful, and exquisitely crafted as the best of his earlier chamber works. The Ensemble Villa Musica members offer excellent performances that should satisfy collectors who wish to acquire all three sonatas together. At times oboist Ingo Goritzki's tart, penetrating tone resembles an English horn, while Dag Jensen's suave control of the bassoon sonata's lyrical writing in the instrument's higher tessitura strikingly contrasts to the gruff staccato he produces in the bottom range throughout the Allegro Scherzando. Similarly, in the clarinet sonata soloist Ulf Rosenhäuser obtains maximum tonal contrast between the finale's Read more scurrying passagework and the Lento's spooky, sustained low notes.

Leonard Hokanson's sensitive and supportive presence at the piano graces all three works, although I marginally prefer the Nash Ensemble's Ian Brown (Hyperion) for his more assertive projection and sharply honed sense of motivic interplay. Compare, for example, the oboe sonata's Molto allegro march movement or the slow, dark chords that open the clarinet sonata's aforementioned Lento. Although Saint-Saëns did not live to write the flute sonata he intended, the modest yet pretty Romance Op. 37 provides a lovely vehicle for Jean-Claude Gérard's clear, focused tone. MDG's well-defined engineering creates a sharp-edged patina in the rather cobbled together caprice based on traditional Danish and Russian tunes, contrasting with the Nash Ensemble's more mellifluous blend and rounded-off phrasing. A first-class release.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D major, Op. 166 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Ingo Goritzki (Oboe), Leonard Hokanson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, Op. 167 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Leonard Hokanson (Piano), Ulf Rodenhäuser (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Length: 16 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano in G major, Op. 168 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Leonard Hokanson (Piano), Dag Jensen (Bassoon)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Length: 12 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Romance for Flute and Orchestra in D flat major, Op. 37 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jean-Claude Gérard (Flute), Leonard Hokanson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs for Piano and Winds, Op. 79 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Ingo Goritzki (Oboe), Jean-Claude Gérard (Flute), Leonard Hokanson (Piano),
Ulf Rodenhäuser (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Length: 10 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 exciting music, wonderful performance September 2, 2015 By Ronald H. (Normandy Park, WA) See All My Reviews "All of these sonatas are spectacular and very challenging. The bassoon sonata (my favorite) lets you know how versatile and nimble the bassoon and instrument the bassoon is. The soloist on the clarinet sonata has the rich, open tone that I love and the piece shows it off sumptuously. The Romance is very good but doesn't measure up to the sonatas (a high bar). Thanks to KING FM in Seattle for playing the bassoon concerto on the air and letting me in on it." Report Abuse
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