Holliger's oboe sings beautifully. I Musici are in good form, light in touch and decently in touch with baroque style where it is called for.
This is not a record for the purists but, accepted for what it offers, it is an enjoyable one. The Marcello has long topped the baroque-oboe pop charts and has plenty of recordings, even on CD: Holliger's embellishment of its famous slow movement is fluent but perhaps over-elaborate for a melody whose lines are beautiful enough in their own right. The booklet tells us about Sammartini's ''Concerto No. 1 in F'', in four da chiesa movements, but not the fine Concerto (three movements, in D) on the recording, a newcomer to the catalogue. The Albinoni is a new recording not taken fromRead more the CD of six concertos from his Op. 9 by the same artists ( 420 255-2PH, 6/87) which are remasterings of originals from 1968. Lotti's small corpus of instrumental works includes only one concerto—for the oboe d'amore his preoccupation with vocal music is reflected particularly in the delightful affetuoso, a gentle siciliana and by far the longest single movement on the record. The change of instrument also brings some variety of tone-colour.
The odd man out is Cimarosa, who didn't write an oboe concerto: Arthur Benjamin it was who adapted some of his keyboard sonatas to compile one of four movements. The resultant hybrid makes agreeable listening but not more. Holliger's oboe sings beautifully and not, as the modern oboe is wont to do, down its nose. I Musici are in good form, light in touch and decently in touch with baroque style where it is called for, the harpsichord is nicely audible in the well-engineered recording.
Concerto for Oboe in C majorby Domenico Cimarosa Performer:
Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Period: Classical Written: Italy Notes: This concerto is based on four of Cimarosa's piano sonatas, adapted by Arthur Benjamin in 1942.
You cannot go wrong with this CD.August 21, 2014By Leopoldo L. (Oakland, CA)See All My Reviews"Heinz Holliger has been one of the best oboist, I Musici an orchestra with a particular quality of sound specially for these three concerti, Philips has had a consistency of technical excellence, a combination which makes it a good choice."Report Abuse