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Bax: Oboe Quintet; Holst, Jacob, Moeran / Sarah Francis


Release Date: 07/20/2009 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 8392   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arnold BaxGustav HolstGordon JacobErnest John Moeran
Performer:  Heinz HolligerSarah Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bax's fine Quintet, its three movements composed in 1922, is the weightiest piece here, with numerous melodies that sound like Irish folktunes but are apparently original. The first movement has a rhapsodic introduction, the last is in the character of an Irish dance. As in the Harp Quintet (reviewed on page xxx) the textures are remarkably varied, and in the central Lento a long initial passage for strings alone is balanced by oboe cadenzas, solo and accompanied. Next in musical interest stands the Moeran, a quite powerfully moody single movement that passes through several distinct yet related areas of expression. Lacking the poetic imagination of these two works, Gordon Jacob's Quartet is still excellent, its four movements being written Read more with clarity, economy and a ready invention. Like the Bax, it was designed for Leon Goossens.

Holst's contributions date from 1896, although the Pieces were revised in 1910. As Colin Matthews's sleeve-note honestly admits, there is nothing of the mature composer here, though he was already a deft craftsman. These performances, too, are most expressive and in general well recorded, although I feel that the oboe is rather forward in Bax's Quintet.

-- Gramophone [2/1985]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Oboe and Strings by Arnold Bax
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
2.
Fantasiestücke for Oboe and String Quartet, Op. 2/H 8 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Sarah Francis (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896/1910; England 
3.
Quartet for Oboe and Strings by Gordon Jacob
Performer:  Sarah Francis (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
4.
Fantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  Sarah Francis (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 

Sound Samples

Oboe Quintet: I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato
Oboe Quintet: II. Lento espressivo
Oboe Quintet: III. Allegro giocoso
Fantasiestucke, Op. 2: Air and Variations
3 Pieces (revised version of Op. 2): No. 1. March
3 Pieces (revised version of Op. 2): No. 2. Minuet
3 Pieces (revised version of Op. 2): No. 3. Scherzo
Fantasy Quartet
Oboe Quartet: I. Allegro moderato
Oboe Quartet: II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
Oboe Quartet: III. Andante semplice
Oboe Quartet: IV. Rondo: Allegro molto

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