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Heinz Holliger Edition


Release Date: 10/01/2010 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94054   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiGeorg Philipp TelemannTomaso AlbinoniFranz Joseph Haydn,   ... 
Performer:  Heinz HolligerKlaus ThunemannMaurice BourgueHermann Baumann,   ... 
Conductor:  Iona BrownDavid ZinmanEliahu InbalHeinz Holliger,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I MusiciAcademy of St. Martin in the FieldsRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'My entire relation to music is such that I always try to go to the limits' Heinz Holliger

The artistry of Holliger (b1939) prompted Evelyn Rothwell (Lady Barbirolli) to call him 'The Paganini of the oboe' Holliger's mastery of the oboe ranges over a vast expanse of repertoire, from the baroque to contemporary -- Bach to Berio and Zelenka to Zimmermann. His style is notable for its flexibility, agility, integrity and ability to communicate convincingly across the wide range of repertoire he performs. Holliger has done much to champion the oboe music of composers such as Zelenka and Krommer, and has also had over 100 works composed for him by composers including Berio, Carter, Henze, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Penderecki and
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This 10CD collection provides a superb showcase for his artistry, spanning nearly 250 years of repertoire from the well known to the obscure, and to every one of the works here his unique and phenomenal technique to makes the interpretation sound effortless and flawless.

- Extensive booklet notes on each work, and a biographical essay on Holliger
- 'This is an enchanting performance: I do not believe that among modern recordings there is a better' Gramophone, November 1985 (Mozart Oboe Quartet)
- 'All three pieces have the advantage of superlative performances by Holliger and the ECO. As in the case of Fiala, not just an oboe-player: Holliger also contributes cadenzas where called for that are exactly right for their purpose. A good quality of recording' Gramophone October 1985 (Fiala, Hummel etc)

R E V I E W:

Listening to solo woodwind instrument is in many ways similar to listening to the human voice. We can listen for pure beauty of tone if we wish but this on its own rapidly becomes dull unless there is also some individuality of phrasing and line. Only then can real musical communication take place with the listener. I have heard too many players (and singers) with enviable tone and technique whose performances nonetheless are essentially a nullity when it comes to communication. There have been however a number of great oboists in whose hands the instrument speaks with astonishing eloquence. For me one of the greatest is Heinz Holliger, whose tone and technique are beyond praise but whose greatest asset is his ability to characterise the music he plays and thereby to communicate directly with the listener.
 
Heinz Holliger was born in 1939 in Langenthal in Switzerland. As well as oboe, he studied piano and composition (with Boulez) although he is unfortunately not represented in this set as a composer. Also absent are any of the major compositions he has inspired from others which utilise his ability to make use of “extended techniques” on the oboe. What Brilliant have done is simply to put together a series of his recordings from 1966 to 1991 of more conventional oboe music. These range from Albinoni and Vivaldi to Martinu and Honegger. In no way does it give a balanced view of the oboe repertoire but it does include many real gems.
 
To start with the best. In the two discs devoted to the music of Mozart the phrasing, the interaction between players and the sheer joy in the music are all near ideal. Seldom since the wonderful Leon Goossens version has a performance of the Oboe Quartet had quite as much sheer wit and character. The Sinfonia Concertante for wind is included in the reconstruction by Robert Levin for flute, oboe, horn and bassoon rather than in the version usually played today for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. The former is much more effective, especially as played here. The Divertimento K251 is a rare pleasure, but is also exceptionally enjoyable, especially when played with solo strings as it is here.
 
Discs 6 and 9 include - as well as the rather dull Concerto attributed to Haydn - a series of shorter works by such composers as Donizetti, Bellini, Moscheles and Hummel. These are essentially display pieces but are played here with a real understanding of their similarity to the vocal music of the period and of the opportunities this gives to the soloist to show off every possible bel canto effect. These discs also include an interesting Konzertstück by Julius Rietz, Sullivan’s composition teacher in Leipzig, and a Concerto by Josef Fiala which once again suggests that he was one of the dullest composers of the period. Arthur Benjamin’s wonderfully adept Concerto based on music by Cimarosa is given a particularly magical performance.
 
The last disc is devoted to music of the mid-twentieth century – Martin, Honegger and Martinu. This is full of surprisingly varied delights, although I could not help regretting the absence of by far the greatest oboe Concerto of that period, that of Richard Strauss. Holliger certainly recorded it and it would have fitted in well here.
 
The first five discs are devoted to music of the eighteenth century, one each for Vivaldi and Telemann and three for Albinoni. The Telemann disc is the real winner here - each of the five Concertos (four of them in minor keys) full of invention and played with real imagination and passion. The Vivaldi is also worth hearing, especially the double Concerto with bassoon (Klaus Thunemann) although I Musici, now in the context of modern period instrument groups, seem to play dully, heavily and without any especial insight. This is even more marked on the Albinoni discs which I found frankly dull. Worse still four of the Op. 7 Concertos are for strings alone, meaning that there is not even Holliger’s artistry to keep the listener’s interest alive. Whilst these discs might do for background listening I found it increasingly hard to pay real detailed attention to them.
 
Despite this, there is more than enough here to make this an unmissable bargain overall. As if the musical content were not enough, Brilliant have provided a 19 page essay by Susan Wynne Roberts and Ates Orga which gives admirable notes on the soloist and the music – a model of how such reissues should be presented. Taken as a whole this is a worthy tribute to a great oboist who is – above all – a great musician.
 

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 452 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1981 
Venue:  La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor, Op. 8 no 9/RV 454 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1981 
Venue:  La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 
Length: 8 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G major, RV 545 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Klaus Thunemann (Bassoon), Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1981 
Venue:  La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 
Length: 10 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 446 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1981 
Venue:  La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Oboe in A minor, RV 463 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1975 
Venue:  La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 447 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1975 
Venue:  La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 
Length: 14 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Oboe in E minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
8.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
9.
Concerto for Oboe in C minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
10.
Concerto for Oboe in F minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
11.
Concerto for Oboe in D major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
12.
Concerti (12) à 5, Op. 7 by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (), Maurice Bourgue ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; Venice, Italy 
13.
Sinfonie (6) e Concerti (6) à 5 for Strings, Op. 2: Sonata no 5 in B flat major by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700; Venice, Italy 
14.
Sinfonie (6) e Concerti (6) à 5 for Strings, Op. 2: Sonata no 6 in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700; Venice, Italy 
15.
Concerti (12) à 5, Op. 9: no 2 for Oboe in D minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Venice, Italy 
16.
Concerti (12) à 5, Op. 9: no 3 for 2 Oboes in F major by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Maurice Bourgue (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Venice, Italy 
17.
Concerti (12) à 5, Op. 9: no 5 for Oboe in C major by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Venice, Italy 
18.
Concerti (12) à 5, Op. 9: no 8 for Oboe in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Venice, Italy 
19.
Concerti (12) à 5, Op. 9: no 9 for 2 Oboes in C major by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Maurice Bourgue (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Venice, Italy 
20.
Concerti (12) à 5, Op. 9: no 11 for Oboe in B flat major by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Venice, Italy 
21.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, H 7g no C1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa ?1800 
22.
Concerto for Oboe in C major by Domenico Cimarosa
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 
23.
Concertino for English Horn in G major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (English Horn)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
24.
Concerto for Oboe in E flat major by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1825; Italy 
25.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, K 314 (285d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 44 Secs. 
26.
Sinfonia concertante for Winds in E flat major, K 297b (K Anh 9) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Klaus Thunemann (Bassoon), Hermann Baumann (French Horn), Heinz Holliger (Oboe),
Aurèle Nicolet (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Written: 1778 
Length: 28 Minutes 22 Secs. 
27.
Concerto for Oboe in E flat major by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1825; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1975 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
28.
Concertino for Oboe in G minor by Wilhelm Bernhard Molique
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 08/1975 
Length: 14 Minutes 49 Secs. 
29.
Concertante for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra in F major by Ignaz Moscheles
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Aurèle Nicolet (Flute)
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 08/1975 
Length: 14 Minutes 5 Secs. 
30.
Konzertstück for Oboe in F minor, Op. 33 by August Julius Rietz
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Length: 13 Minutes 42 Secs. 
31.
Concerto for English Horn in E flat major by Joseph Fiala
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (English Horn), Leslie Pearson (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Length: 11 Minutes 13 Secs. 
32.
Variations for Oboe and Orchestra in F major, Op. 102 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: after 1822; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Length: 14 Minutes 37 Secs. 
33.
Danses (3) for Oboe and Harp by Frank Martin
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Ursula Holliger (Harp)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 6 Secs. 
34.
Petite Complainte by Frank Martin
Performer:  Ursula Holliger (Harp), Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland  
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
35.
Pièce brève by Frank Martin
Performer:  Aurèle Nicolet (Flute), Ursula Holliger (Harp), Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
36.
Concerto da camera for Flute, Cor anglais and Strings, H196 by Arthur Honegger
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (English Horn), Aurèle Nicolet (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Written: 1949 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 11 Secs. 
37.
Petite Suite for 2 Flutes and Piano no 2 by Arthur Honegger
Performer:  Ursula Holliger (Harp), Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Aurèle Nicolet (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
38.
Antigone by Arthur Honegger
Performer:  Ursula Holliger (Harp), Heinz Holliger (English Horn), Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1927; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
39.
Concerto for Oboe by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 20 Secs. 
40.
Adagio for English Horn and Strings in C major, K Anh. 94 (580a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (English Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
41.
Divertimento for Oboe, 2 Horns and Strings no 11 in D major, K 251 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Michel Gasciarrino (French Horn), Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Hermann Baumann (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
42.
Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F major, K 370 (368b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
43.
Andante for Oboe and Piano by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Ursula Holliger (Harp)
Period: Romantic 

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