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Oboe Obsession - Romantic And Virtuostic Works For Oboe


Release Date: 05/30/2000 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3235   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsFrancis PoulencBenjamin BrittenRobert Schumann,   ... 
Performer:  Allan VogelBryan PezzoneJanice Tipton
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Whoever once quipped that the oboe was "an ill wind that nobody plays good," probably never heard Allan Vogel. The virtuoso soloist scores points all over the place in a varied and taxing program that covers more than 200 years of music history and makes a good case both for the oboe and for the music at hand. The Britten pieces are for oboe alone and consist of musical portraits of six Roman gods. Pan is mischievous and Bacchus brings forth an image of a drunken orgy. Britten's vignettes make their points quite clearly and Vogel perfectly captures their humour and eloquence. The oboist is joined by flautist Janice Tipton for the dry if inventive duet by W. F. Bach. Though both players give their all to the music, this piece Read more strikes me as more to be enjoyed by performers than listeners.


The rest of the CD is devoted to music for oboe with piano accompaniment, all of it first-rate. The Poulenc Sonata, written one year before the composer's death in 1963, is lyrical, acerbic, and poignant by turns, and it receives a most expressive performance. The warm and buoyant Schumann Romances are played with good tone and expressive care, and the Saint-Saëns is given appropriately virtuoso treatment. The recorded sound is right on the mark, with excellent balances and a perspective that is neither too close nor too far away.
--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D major, Op. 166 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Allan Vogel (Oboe), Bryan Pezzone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  1st Congressional Church, Los Angeles 
Length: 12 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Oboe and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Allan Vogel (Oboe), Bryan Pezzone (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; France 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  1st Congressional Church, Los Angeles 
Length: 13 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Henri Dutilleux (1916 - ). 
3.
Metamorphoses (6) after Ovid for Oboe solo, Op. 49 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Allan Vogel (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  1st Congressional Church, Los Angeles 
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bryan Pezzone (Piano), Allan Vogel (Oboe)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  1st Congressional Church, Los Angeles 
Length: 12 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
Duet for 2 Flutes in F major, F 57 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Janice Tipton (Flute), Allan Vogel (Oboe)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  1st Congressional Church, Los Angeles 
Length: 10 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Obsession by Makoto Shinohara
Performer:  Bryan Pezzone (Piano), Allan Vogel (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  1st Congressional Church, Los Angeles 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 

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