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Bach, Telemann: Oboe D'amore Concertos / Stacy, Mallon


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570735   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georg Philipp TelemannJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Thomas Stacy
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Thomas Stacy, the New York Philharmonic's English horn player, turns to the instrument's relative, the oboe d'amore, with four delectable concertos for that instrument by Buxtehude and Bach. The sheer sound of the instrument, especially when played by an artist of Stacy's caliber, is irresistible, darker than an oboe and more rounded and textured than an English horn, making the gently lilting Adagio of Telemann's G major concerto a ravishing listening experience. Stacy's juicy tone also enhances these performances of the Bach works, reconstructed from the master's harpsichord concertos, themselves recyclings of cantata movements.

The soloist's entry in Bach's A major concerto exploits the rounded timbre of the instrument's
Read more lower register, and in the Larghetto, an aria in all but name, we hear its full range sung with beauty. A highlight of the Bach D major concerto is the haunting Siciliano, again an example of the instrument's warmth that draws the listener deep into the music.

Stacy is well-supported by the Toronto Chamber Orchestra led by Kevin Mallon, a capable 15-player modern-instrument ensemble, and the engineering is quite good though greater prominence could have been given to the continuo. Wonderful music brilliantly played. What more could one ask for? A bit more oomph would help. Tempos are always moderate, so the Vivace finale of the Telemann G major never kicks its heels with the necessary abandon, nor do the Allegros have the last measure of requisite swing. And while slow movements are drop-dead gorgeous, ears used to current period-instrument performances may wish for tempos that flow a bit more easily. But such carpings quickly dissipate in the listening. This is one of those CDs that threatens to take permanent occupancy of your CD player.

--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in G major, TV 51 no G 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Thomas Stacy (Oboe d'amore)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Hamburg, Germany (Circa 1725 - Circa 1735). 
2.
Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Thomas Stacy (Oboe d'amore)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Length: 16 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Oboe in F major, BWV 1053 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Thomas Stacy (Oboe d'amore)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Length: 22 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, TV 51 no A 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Thomas Stacy (Oboe d'amore)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Length: 16 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Oboe Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G3: I. Amabile scorrendo
Oboe Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G3: II. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G3: III. Adagio
Oboe Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G3: IV. Vivace
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: I. Allegro
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: II. Larghetto
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: III. Allegro ma non tanto
Oboe d'amore Concerto in D major, BWV 1053: I. Allegro
Oboe d'amore Concerto in D major, BWV 1053: II. Siciliano
Oboe d'amore Concerto in D major, BWV 1053: III. Allegro
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, TWV 51:A2: I. Siciliano
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, TWV 51:A2: II. Allegro
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, TWV 51:A2: III. Largo
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, TWV 51:A2: IV. Vivace

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