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The Barbirolli Society - Oboe Concertos Vol 2 / Rothwell


Release Date: 02/08/2000 
Label:  Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog #: 1016   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnGeorge Frideric HandelJohn Morgan NicholsGeorg Philipp Telemann,   ... 
Performer:  Evelyn RothwellWilfrid ParryDennis NesbittValda Aveling
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the finest partnerships in the history of recorded music, that between Sir John Barbirolli and his wife Evelyn Rothwell had been almost forgotten until a splendid issue on Dutton featuring a number of wonderful concertos arranged by these two sensitive artists. This second volume is as much a tribute to Sir John than to Evelyn Rothwell for it even includes a number of sonatas where Mrs Barbirolli is accompanied by such distinguished artists as Valda Aveling and Dennis Nesbit, pioneers of harpsichord and viola da gamba respectively.

The Haydn Concerto is conspicuously 'big-band' but the grand manner of Barbirolli's conducting beautifully matches Rothwell's mercurially lilting tone especially in the expansive Allegro
Read more spiritoso. The 1957 PYE recording is miraculously clear, in the Andante one is enchanted by phrasing, breathing and all sorts of clicks from the oboist, surely not intrusive but participative. The Marcello Concerto is from the last year of intensive recordings for the conductor. This pays dividends as the beautiful melodies are almost wrung out with expressive conducting of the highest order. I was particularly charmed by the serene Adagio, majestic music, sublime even, in these outstanding artists' hands.

With the Corelli, Barbirolli switched orchestras and the wholesome rounded sound of the New Philharmonia may sound a bit old fashioned but there is much to enjoy nonetheless. The real bonuses here are the solo Rothwell items, which show her status as one of the world's finest oboeists in those days. CPE Bach's Sonata in G is accompanied with great vigour by Valda Aveling and Dennis Nesbitt whilst the arrangements of Loillet's Sonata in C and Handel's 'Air and Rondo are wonderfully accompanied by Wilfred Parry. It is indeed good to have these performances back on disc.

Aveling and Nesbitt return for Telemann's Sonata in E and Head's Siciliana, both fine examples of Rothwell's supremely confident art. As usual with Dutton, Lyndon Jenkin's supremely eloquent notes adorn this splendid issue, almost the 'icing on the cake', at least to a young enthusiast like me. I'm sure that fans of this partnership will not even hesitate whilst newcomers to this magical music should take a dip and get hooked - for life!

-- Gerald Fenech, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, H 7g no C1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Evelyn Rothwell (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa ?1800 
Date of Recording: 08/1957 
Venue:  Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Air and Rondo by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Evelyn Rothwell (Oboe), Wilfrid Parry (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 09/18/1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
Arranged: Evelyn Rothwell 
3.
Melodie for Oboe and Piano by John Morgan Nichols
Performer:  Evelyn Rothwell (Oboe), Wilfrid Parry (Piano)
Date of Recording: 09/18/1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
4.
Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in E flat major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Dennis Nesbitt (Bass Viola da gamba), Valda Aveling (Harpsichord), Evelyn Rothwell (Oboe)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: C1972 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 
5.
Siciliana by Michael Head
Performer:  Evelyn Rothwell (Oboe), Dennis Nesbitt (Bass Viola da gamba), Valda Aveling (Harpsichord)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: C1972 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in G minor, Wq 135/H 549 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Valda Aveling (Harpsichord), Dennis Nesbitt (Bass Viola da gamba), Evelyn Rothwell (Oboe)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1735; Germany 
Date of Recording: C1972 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor by Alessandro Marcello
Performer:  Evelyn Rothwell (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/06/1969 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Evelyn Rothwell 
8.
Sonata in C major by Jacques Loeillet
Performer:  Evelyn Rothwell (Oboe), Wilfrid Parry (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 09/18/1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
Arranged: Evelyn Rothwell 

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