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Saint-Saens: Sonata for Oboe and Piano; Faure / Mayer, Wisniewska


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Tudor Records   Catalog #: 7067   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gabriel FauréCamille Saint-SaënsGabriel PiernéPaul Pierne,   ... 
Performer:  Albrecht MayerKarina Wisniewska
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is a shame that this unhackneyed collection of French music for oboe and piano has been overlooked. The Swiss company Tudor apply their usual exemplary production standards to recording and documentation. Artistic matters are in the hands of two dedicated musicians. Bamberg-born Mayer produces a full-throated quality, but going by the initial Fauré tracks, tends to scout over emotional expression. The Sicilienne could have been touching if the emotional agenda had been painted in. The Pavane feels rushed. The Berceuse is on the other hand quite pleasing with the note production being both curvaceous and penetrating. Wisniewska’s piano sound is rounded; not harsh. The Saint-Saens Sonata seems congealed in Read more the first movement but in the other two is perfectly gracious. There is a gamin cheeky finale with strange echoes of Beethoven’s Fifth. Is Saint-Saens lampooning Beethoven?

Then we are back to Fauré with a sequence of five song transcriptions. Après un rêve is heavy-lidded and weighed down with sleepy contentment. Le secret is suitably grave with the music carrying a faintly melancholy tincture. Au bord de l'eau explores an elusive mood though the faint clicking of the oboe’s key mechanism can be heard and does return you to earth. Clair de lune is a brisk and pleasant stroll of a piece; not ardent. Mayer’s oboe here takes on the opulence of its cousin up the road, the clarinet. There are two Pierné’s represented in this recital Gabriel’s Serenade has an Iberian accent – more Massenet than Ravel. The Pièce sounds rather Tchaikovskian with a surprisingly brusque role for the piano. Fantasie Pastorale is by Paul Pierné. It radiates elysian calm – superbly done by the two players. The Satie pieces are well enough known. Here that sentimentality deficit I mentioned earlier is again in evidence though I did note that Wisniewska’s insight provided emotional contrast – listen to the way she gives face to a simple note cell in Gymnopédie 2. Bozza’s Fantaisie Pastorale is so much more than the shallow display piece I had braced myself for. It surveys stygian Bax territory, moves into showers of fanciful curlicues and culminates in a magically poised and elfin close. Koechlin’s Au Loin is for English horn and piano. It is splendidly ermine-dark and languid. The melodic material might remind some listeners of Bax’s In The Faery Hills.


-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Karina Wisniewska (Piano), Albrecht Mayer (English Horn),
Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Vocalise-étude by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore), Karina Wisniewska (Piano),
Albrecht Mayer (English Horn)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3.
Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore), Albrecht Mayer (English Horn),
Karina Wisniewska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 16 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore), Albrecht Mayer (English Horn), Karina Wisniewska (Piano),
Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D major, Op. 166 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Karina Wisniewska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Length: 12 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Karina Wisniewska (Piano), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7.
Les berceaux, Op. 23 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Karina Wisniewska (Piano), Albrecht Mayer (English Horn), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore),
Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
8.
Le secret, Op. 23 no 3 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Albrecht Mayer (English Horn), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore),
Karina Wisniewska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
Au bord de l'eau, Op. 8 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Albrecht Mayer (English Horn),
Karina Wisniewska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
10.
Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Albrecht Mayer (English Horn), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore),
Karina Wisniewska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11.
Serenade for Oboe and Harp in A major, Op. 7 by Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (English Horn), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe),
Karina Wisniewska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
12.
Pièce for Oboe and Piano in G minor, Op. 5 by Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Karina Wisniewska (Piano), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Villa Médicis, Rome, 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
13.
Fantaisie-Pastorale pour hautbois et piano by Paul Pierne
Performer:  Karina Wisniewska (Piano), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
14.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Albrecht Mayer (English Horn), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe),
Karina Wisniewska (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
15.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 2, Lent et triste by Erik Satie
Performer:  Karina Wisniewska (Piano), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Albrecht Mayer (English Horn),
Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
16.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 3, Lent et grave by Erik Satie
Performer:  Karina Wisniewska (Piano), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Albrecht Mayer (English Horn),
Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
17.
Fantaisie pastorale, Op. 37 by Eugène Bozza
Performer:  Karina Wisniewska (Piano), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe d'amore), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe),
Albrecht Mayer (English Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
18.
Au Loin, Op. 20 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Karina Wisniewska (Piano), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1900; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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