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Wind Concertos - Cimarosa, Molique, Moscheles / Dufour


Release Date: 11/30/2004 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 80   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Domenico CimarosaWilhelm Bernhard MoliqueIgnaz Moscheles
Performer:  Alex KleinMathieu Dufour
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Everything about this disc is charming, right from the clever cover art that wittily illustrates the "wind" aspect of these concertos. Flutist Mathieu Dufour and oboist Alex Klein, current (Dufour) and former (Klein) Chicago Symphony principals, team up for a nicely varied program of 18th and 19th century works for either or both of their instruments. Cimarosa (1749-1801) is only known today for his opera Il matrimonio segreto, which enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame at the same time that Mozart was trying to make his name in the Viennese operatic world. As a composer of instrumental music he's a closed book, but this very fluent and amiable concerto has many of the same qualities as the opera: an attractive fund of melody and a good Read more sense of timing. Originally written for two flutes, it's performed here arranged for flute and oboe, a wonderful idea as the timbral contrast helps keep things perky--and few sounds in music are more annoying over the long term than two flutes.


Wilhelm Bernhard Molique (1802-1869) was a German composer and follower of Spohr who spent a good part of his career in London. With that pedigree, you aren't going to find anything radical in either the Flute Concerto or the Concertino, but they are expertly crafted, and the minor-key tonality in both works lends them an extra degree of melodic and harmonic interest. The playing of both Dufour and Klein, as might be expected of two world-class musicians, is completely disarming in its technical facility. Dufour's tone both here and in the Moscheles Concertino has a touch of fuzz in its high register and a slightly hollow quality in low-lying passages, but Klein is superb throughout, as he was on his disc of modern oboe concertos for this same label. This may be a function of the recording acoustic, which captures the orchestra (enthusiastically conducted by Paul Freeman) very vividly and balances the soloists quite naturally, but it seems just a bit too ample for such basically light and intimate music. A small reservation, then, about a disc that in all significant respects is well planned in terms of repertoire and delightfully fresh in its execution.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Flutes in G major by Domenico Cimarosa
Performer:  Alex Klein (Oboe), Mathieu Dufour (Flute)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Italy 
Venue:  ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 19 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic (06/12/2003 - 06/14/2003) 
2.
Concerto for Flute in D minor by Wilhelm Bernhard Molique
Performer:  Mathieu Dufour (Flute)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 22 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic (06/12/2003 - 06/14/2003) 
3.
Concertino for Oboe in G minor by Wilhelm Bernhard Molique
Performer:  Alex Klein (Oboe)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 14 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic (06/12/2003 - 06/14/2003) 
4.
Concertante for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra in F major by Ignaz Moscheles
Performer:  Mathieu Dufour (Flute), Alex Klein (Oboe)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 14 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic (06/12/2003 - 06/14/2003) 

Sound Samples

Concerto for 2 Flutes in G major: I. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Flutes in G major: II. Largo
Concerto for 2 Flutes in G major: III. Rondo
Flute Concerto in D minor: I. Allegro
Flute Concerto in D minor: II. Andante
Flute Concerto in D minor: III. Rondo: Allegro
Oboe Concertino in G minor
Concertante for Flute and Oboe in F major: Flute Concertante in F major

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 a listening joy July 20, 2012 By K. Krueger (Evergreen Park, IL) See All My Reviews "None of the pieces on this disk explores new ground, nor are any of the composers whose works are on this disc remembered as precedent breakers. So if you are looking for a Beethoven's 5th for the flute and/or oboe, you'll be disappointed. It seems to me, however, that music is first and foremost something that pleases both the ear and the mind. A piece well played is a thing of joy not just for the moment but forever. The "concertos" on this disc are well played by superb musicians. I first heard the Cimarosa broadcasted by our local classical music FM station (WFMT) on my car radio one afternoon. My joy was so immediate I had to add this disc to my collection. I've seldom found a recording of pieces by several composers from which every piece is as wonderful as the others. To my surprise, the pieces by Molique and Moscheles added to my joy.

**** only because I want discs of music from each composer! Oh, my greedy ears! So much wonderful music has been unjustly, all but forgotten for whatever reason. I hope Cedille's sampler brings us more recordings of works by these composers.


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