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Oboe Concertos Of The Classical Era / Klein, Freeman


Release Date: 09/15/1999 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 45   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz KrommerJohann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Alex Klein
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"František Vincenc Kramá?, as he is correctly named, is better known as Franz Vinzenz Krommer. Born in Bohemia in 1759, he was educated, in part, by an uncle, but taught himself theory. He left Bohemia in 1785 and worked extensively in Hungary for the better part of 10 years. From 1795 until his death in 1831 he worked in Vienna. His reputation was very high, and his works were quite widely known throughout Europe. His quartets were considered on a par with Haydn's, and overall he was often compared to Beethoven. From our point of view those statements may be excessive, but he certainly was a polished musician deserving considerable renown. His wind concertos are especially fine, and are gradually becoming well regarded in our Read more own time.

His two oboe concertos were written in Vienna in 1803 and 1805. Both are dramatic works with virtuoso turns and leaps abounding. The first is more Mozartean in nature while the second has distinct overtones of early Beethoven. Both are first-class pieces that deserve to be known.

Johann Nepomuk Hummel is more of a known quantity. He was highly regarded in Vienna as a contemporary of Beethoven, though of somewhat lesser stature. His Introduction, Theme, and Variations is a polished, virtuoso piece of considerable brilliance.

Alex Klein was born in Brazil, trained at Oberlin College, and for the last five years has been principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony. His technique is flawless. He is well supported by Paul Freeman and the Czech National Symphony. Cedille's recorded sound is first-class, as expected from this source."-- John Bauman, Fanfare [11/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe in F major, Op. 37 by Franz Krommer
Performer:  Alex Klein (Oboe)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Oboe in F major, Op. 52 by Franz Krommer
Performer:  Alex Klein (Oboe)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Variations for Oboe and Orchestra in F major, Op. 102 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Alex Klein (Oboe)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: after 1822; Weimar, Germany 

Sound Samples

Oboe Concerto No. 1in F major, Op. 37: I. Allegro
Oboe Concerto No. 1in F major, Op. 37: II. Adagio
Oboe Concerto No. 1in F major, Op. 37: III. Rondo: Allegro
Oboe Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 52: I. Allegro
Oboe Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 52: II. Adagio
Oboe Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 52: III. Rondo
Introduction, Theme and Variations in F major, Op. 102

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