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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Maurice Andre has made a record of this kind before, but with Richter and the Munich Bach Orchestra, and when I reviewed it in August 1967 I was happy to give the highest praise both for his technical skill and for the artistry with which he plays. On that record all the concertos were transcriptions of concertos written for other instruments; on this latest one, three of them are.
The exception is the Leopold Mozart and because of its period, before the invention of valves, the tessitura of the solo line is necessarily very high. Andre copes with the part very well indeed and with a minimum sense of strain. (I suspect the sympathetic listener feels more anxious for him! At anyrate, I was quite glad to descend from these giddy
heights when we got to the transcriptions.) The Mozart has only two movements, with an accompaniment of strings, horns and harpsichord continuo. The first is a formal, dignified Andante and in this performance includes an excellent cadenza (kept in the same heights, of course) written by Albert Beaucamp, the conductor on this record. Then comes a moderately enjoyable allegro moderato— perhaps I should have enjoyed it more if the accompaniment had enlivened it with playing of greater point and style.
However, it was good to get to the Telemann, with its finely strong opening, and Beaucamp seems to have felt this too, for he gets much more out of his orchestra in this and the succeeding concertos. How delightful, for instance, are the little descending bits of scale that keep coming in the lower strings in the slow movement— delightful on Telemann's part, too, one might add: and the orchestra is excellent in the very jolly finale.
The Vivaldi was originally for oboe and violin concertante but since Andre can play so lightly, the solo violin (Daniele Artur) has no difficulty in holding his own, anymore than Andre has any difficulty in echoing anything the solo fiddle does. The slow movement, again, is played with the cantabile and phrasing of a fine singer. Here, in short, is a remarkable player and artist.
-- Gramophone [6/1968, reviewing the Mozart, Telemann, and Vivaldi Concertos]
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Oboe in F minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Maurice André (Trumpet)
Rouen Chamber Orchestra
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