Oboe Concertos

Artist Various artists
Format 12 CD
Cat. number 95410
EAN code 5028421954103
Release December 2016

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Like the violin, the oboe is one of the few instruments to have retained its popularity as a concerto instrument from the days of early Baroque for centuries to come. Thanks to its piercing timbre, able to soar above ensembles large and small, the instrument inspired works of excellent quality from a vast array of composers. This box brings together some of the finest music for oboe and orchestra from the Baroque period to the late Classical.

We begin with the master of the Baroque oboe concerto, Antonio Vivaldi, who wrote over 20 concertos for the oboe. Although the instrument was still in flux at this point – and Vivaldi had to moderate some of his writing to accommodate the oboe’s lack of agility in playing wide leaps at speed – he still manages to produce some creative and highly pleasing works. Albinoni was less inclined to rewrite violin music for the oboe (something Vivaldi did regularly), making his compositions more idiomatic. He experimented with writing for a variety of instrumental combinations, weaving his concertos for one or two oboes into the same opus of violin concertos, again underlining the two instruments’ connection.

J.S. Bach’s Double Concerto for violin and oboe is a shining gem; despite the original manuscript being long lost, and the only available score a reconstruction based on the transcription for twoharpsichords, Bach’s characteristic solo instrument writing shines through, particularly in the sweet cantabile of the slow movement. His son’s writing for oboe was more extensive and represents a marked change in style from the Baroque era, as the oboe became a popular instrument for chamber music of this period in an ensemble as well as alone.

It is interesting, therefore, to have C.P.E. Bach’s Pastorale and Oboe Sonata included here alongside his concertos, demonstrating the value of the oboe during this period across many genres.

Mozart’s Oboe Concerto K314 holds its rightful place as an outstanding example of the concerto genre in the Classical period. He wrote it for Giuseppe Ferlendis, whose own oboe concerto also features on this release. Once thought to have been written by Mozart himself, Ferlendis’s concerto shares many elegant characteristics with the great composer’s style.

The oboe concertos of several lesser known composers serve as an interesting counterpoint to the more established works of this genre. Vincenzo Bellini wrote one of the few concertos for the instrument of the 19th century. Although better known for his outstanding operas – such as Norma – Bellini was also an adept orchestral writer. His bel canto style shines through on this
beautiful oboe concerto. The Bohemian composer Rosetti wrote nine concertos for oboe, of which the Concerto in D – featured on this release – is one of the best examples, showcasing the composer’s imaginative orchestration and skilful contrapuntal writing.

This box includes performances from soloists and performers from around Europe. Vivaldi’s Baroque repertoire is expertly handled by experienced performers L’Arte dell’Arco, featuring Pier Luigi Fabretti as the soloist. Albinoni’s works are performed by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, with Stefan Schilli and Giovanni Deangeli in the solo roles; the Lithuanian ensemble St Christopher Chamber Orchestra explores Telemann’s concertos, meanwhile. A classic performance by Anthony Camden alongside the City of London Sinfonia is a highlight of this set, as the CD features Camden’s own arrangements of Handel’s music, expertly edited and performed.

For oboe concertos both familiar and unknown, this is a comprehensive set, with performances of the highest quality. Whether dipping into Albinoni’s lively works or indulging in the sweet bel canto of Bellini’s masterful concerto, there is a wealth of music here to be enjoyed and treasured.

An extensive collection favourite Oboe Concertos from the Baroque and Classical Era! The oboe was one of the first wind instruments gaining a solo role in the Baroque. Its strong, nasal timbre, able of expressing both joy and sadness, established the instrument as a leading voice within the instrumental ensemble.
This 12CD set contains oboe concertos by Albinoni, Vivaldi, Marcello, Telemann, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Bellini, Rosetti, Lebrun, Fiorillo, Dittersdorf, Ferlendis, Hofmann and Mozart.
Excellent performances on period instruments by leading soloists in their field: Stefan Schilli, Pier Luigi Fabretti, Andrius Puskunigis and others. Recorded between 1995 and 2015.
Contains liner notes written by Philip Borg-Wheeler specially for this release.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 449: I. Allegro
  2. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 449: II. Largo
  3. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 449: III. Allegro
  4. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, RV 460: I. Allegro non tanto
  5. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, RV 460: II. Largo
  6. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, RV 460: III. Allegro non molto
  7. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 465: I. Allegro
  8. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 465: II. Adagio
  9. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 465: III. Allegro
  10. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 456 “Harmonia Mundi”: I. Largo
  11. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 456 “Harmonia Mundi”: II. Allegro – Adagio
  12. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 456 “Harmonia Mundi”: III. Presto
  13. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, RV 454: I. Allegro
  14. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, RV 454: II. Largo
  15. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, RV 454: III. Allegro
  16. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 464: I. Allegro
  17. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 464: II. Largo
  18. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 464: III. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Oboe Concerto in D Major, RV 453: I. Allegro
  2. Oboe Concerto in D Major, RV 453: II. Largo
  3. Oboe Concerto in D Major, RV 453: III. Allegro
  4. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 463: I. Allegro
  5. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 463: II. Largo
  6. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 463: III. Allegro
  7. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 450: I. Allegro molto
  8. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 450: II. Larghetto
  9. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 450: III. Allegro
  10. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 457: I. Allegro non molto
  11. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 457: II. Andante
  12. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 457: III. Allegro molto
  13. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 448: I. —
  14. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 448: II. Larghetto
  15. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 448: III. Allegro
  16. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 461: I. Allegro non molto
  17. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 461: II. Larghetto
  18. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 461: III. Allegro
  19. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 451: I. Allegro molto
  20. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 451: II. Largo
  21. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 451: III. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 184: I. Allegro – Adagio
  2. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 184: II. Andante
  3. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 184: III. Allegro
  4. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 462: I. Allegro
  5. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 462: II. Largo
  6. Oboe Concerto in A Minor, RV 462: III. Allegro
  7. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 447: I. Allegro non molto
  8. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 447: II. Larghetto
  9. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 447: III. Minuetto
  10. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 455: I. —
  11. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 455: II. Grave
  12. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 455: III. Allegro
  13. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 452: I. Allegro
  14. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 452: II. Adagio
  15. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 452: III. Allegro
  16. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 458: I. Allegro
  17. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 458: II. Adagio e staccato
  18. Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 458: III. Allegro
  19. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 446: I. —
  20. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 446: II. Adagio
  21. Oboe Concerto in C Major, RV 446: III. Allegro
  22. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, RV 459: I. Allegro
  23. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, RV 459: II. Adagio
  24. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, RV 459: III. Allegro

Disk 4

  1. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, Op. 9 No. 2: I. Allegro non presto
  2. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, Op. 9 No. 2: II. Adagio
  3. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, Op. 9 No. 2: III. Allegro
  4. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 2: I. Allegro
  5. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 2: II. Adagio
  6. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 2: III. Allegro
  7. Oboe Concerto in D Major, Op. 7 No. 6: I. Allego
  8. Oboe Concerto in D Major, Op. 7 No. 6: II. Adagio
  9. Oboe Concerto in D Major, Op. 7 No. 6: III. Allegro
  10. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 9 No. 9: I. Allegro
  11. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 9 No. 9: II. Adagio
  12. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 9 No. 9: III. Allegro
  13. Oboe Concerto in D Major, Op. 7 No. 8: I. —
  14. Oboe Concerto in D Major, Op. 7 No. 8: II. Largo
  15. Oboe Concerto in D Major, Op. 7 No. 8: III. Allegro
  16. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 9 No. 5: I. Allegro
  17. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 9 No. 5: II. Adagio
  18. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 9 No. 5: III. Allegro
  19. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, Op. 7 No. 3: I. Allegro
  20. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, Op. 7 No. 3: II. Adagio
  21. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, Op. 7 No. 3: III. Allegro
  22. Oboe Concerto in F Major, Op. 9 No. 3: I. Allegro
  23. Oboe Concerto in F Major, Op. 9 No. 3: II. Adagio
  24. Oboe Concerto in F Major, Op. 9 No. 3: III. Allegro

Disk 5

  1. Oboe Concerto à 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 11: I. Allegro
  2. Oboe Concerto à 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 11: II. Adagio
  3. Oboe Concerto à 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 11: III. Allegro
  4. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 11: I. Allegro
  5. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 11: II. Adagio
  6. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 11: III. Allegro
  7. Oboe Concerto à 5 in G Minor, Op. 9 No. 8: I. Allegro
  8. Oboe Concerto à 5 in G Minor, Op. 9 No. 8: II. Adagio
  9. Oboe Concerto à 5 in G Minor, Op. 9 No. 8: III. Allegro
  10. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 5: I. Allegro
  11. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 5: II. Adagio
  12. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 5: III. Allegro
  13. Oboe Concerto in F Major, Op. 7 No. 9: I. Allegro
  14. Oboe Concerto in F Major, Op. 7 No. 9: II. Adagio
  15. Oboe Concerto in F Major, Op. 7 No. 9: III. Allegro
  16. Oboe Concerto à 5 in G Major, Op. 9 No. 6: I. Allegro
  17. Oboe Concerto à 5 in G Major, Op. 9 No. 6: II. Adagio
  18. Oboe Concerto à 5 in G Major, Op. 9 No. 6: III. Allegro
  19. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 12: I. Allegro
  20. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 12: II. Adagio
  21. Oboe Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 12: III. Allegro
  22. Oboe Concerto in D Major, Op. 9 No. 12: I. Allegro
  23. Oboe Concerto in D Major, Op. 9 No. 12: II. Adagio
  24. Oboe Concerto in D Major, Op. 9 No. 12: III. Allegro

Disk 6

  1. Oboe Concerto in F Major, BWV 1053: I. Allegro
  2. Oboe Concerto in F Major, BWV 1053: II. Siciliano
  3. Oboe Concerto in F Major, BWV 1053: III. Allegro
  4. Oboe d’amore Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055: I. Allegro
  5. Oboe d’amore Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055: II. Larghetto
  6. Oboe d’amore Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055: III. Allegro ma non tanto
  7. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056: I. Allegro
  8. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo
  9. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056: III. Presto
  10. Oboe d’amore Concerto in G Major: I. Bass Aria from BWV 100
  11. Oboe d’amore Concerto in G Major: II. Alto Aria from BWV 170
  12. Oboe d’amore Concerto in G Major: III. Bass Aria from BWV 30
  13. Oboe Concerto in C Minor, BWV 1060: I. Allegro
  14. Oboe Concerto in C Minor, BWV 1060: II. Adagio
  15. Oboe Concerto in C Minor, BWV 1060: III. Allegro

Disk 7

  1. Concerto for 3 Oboes, 3 Violins and Continuo in B-Flat Major, TWV 44:43: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto for 3 Oboes, 3 Violins and Continuo in B-Flat Major, TWV 44:43: II. Largo
  3. Concerto for 3 Oboes, 3 Violins and Continuo in B-Flat Major, TWV 44:43: III. Allegro
  4. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B1: I. Ouverture: Lentement –Presto – Lentement
  5. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B1: II. Bergerie. Un peu vivement
  6. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B1: III. Allègresse. Vite
  7. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B1: IV. Postillons
  8. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B1: V. Flatterie
  9. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B1: VI. Badinage. Très vite
  10. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B1: VII. Menuet
  11. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B7: I. Ouverture
  12. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B7: II. Réjouissance
  13. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B7: III. Loure
  14. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B7: IV. Rondeau
  15. Ouverture-Suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B7: V. Menuet alternativement/Trio
  16. Ouverture-suite in B-Flat Major, TWV 55:B7: VI. Gigue
  17. Ouverture-Suite in C Major, TWV 55:C6: I. Ouverture
  18. Ouverture-Suite in C Major, TWV 55:C6: II. Harlequinade
  19. Ouverture-Suite in C Major, TWV 55:C6: III. Espagniol
  20. Ouverture-Suite in C Major, TWV 55:C6: IV. Bourrée en trompette
  21. Ouverture-Suite in C Major, TWV 55:C6: V. Sommeille
  22. Ouverture-Suite in C Major, TWV 55:C6: VI. Rondeau
  23. Ouverture-Suite in C Major, TWV 55:C6: VII. Menuet I – Menuet II
  24. Ouverture-Suite in C Major, TWV 55:C6: VIII. Gigue

Disk 8

  1. Oboe Concerto in G Major, TWV 51:G2: I. Andante
  2. Oboe Concerto in G Major, TWV 51:G2: II. Vivace
  3. Oboe Concerto in G Major, TWV 51:G2: III. Adagio
  4. Oboe Concerto in G Major, TWV 51:G2: IV. Allegro
  5. Oboe Concerto in E Minor, TWV 51:e1: I. Andante
  6. Oboe Concerto in E Minor, TWV 51:e1: II. Allegro molto
  7. Oboe Concerto in E Minor, TWV 51:e1: III. Largo
  8. Oboe Concerto in E Minor, TWV 51:e1: IV. Allegro
  9. Concerto for Oboe d’amore in A Major, TWV 51:A2: I. Siciliano
  10. Concerto for Oboe d’amore in A Major, TWV 51:A2: II. Allegro
  11. Concerto for Oboe d’amore in A Major, TWV 51:A2: III. Largo
  12. Concerto for Oboe d’amore in A Major, TWV 51:A2: IV. Vivace
  13. Oboe Concerto in E-Flat Major, TWV 51:Es1: I. Allegro
  14. Oboe Concerto in E-Flat Major, TWV 51:Es1: II. Largo
  15. Oboe Concerto in E-Flat Major, TWV 51:Es1: III. Vivace
  16. Oboe Concerto in E Minor, TWV 51:e2: I. Allegro
  17. Oboe Concerto in E Minor, TWV 51:e2: II. Andante
  18. Oboe Concerto in E Minor, TWV 51:e2: III. Allegro
  19. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, TWV 51:d2: I. Largo
  20. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, TWV 51:d2: II. Vivace
  21. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, TWV 51:d2: III. Andante
  22. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, TWV 51:d2: IV. Allegro

Disk 9

  1. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, HWV 287: I. Grave
  2. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, HWV 287: II. Allegro
  3. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, HWV 287: III. Sarabande. Largo
  4. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, HWV 287: IV. Allegro
  5. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 302a: I. Vivace
  6. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 302a: II. Fuga. Allegro
  7. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 302a: III. Andante
  8. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 302a: IV. Allegro
  9. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 301: I. Adagio
  10. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 301: II. Allegro
  11. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 301: III. Siciliana. Adagio
  12. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 301: IV. Vivace
  13. Air in G Minor, HWV 466
  14. Rondo in G Major
  15. Suite in G Minor: I. Overture
  16. Suite in G Minor: II. Gavotte
  17. Suite in G Minor: III. Bourrée I
  18. Suite in G Minor: IV. Bourrée II
  19. Suite in G Minor: V. Bourée I da capo
  20. Suite in G Minor: VI. Sarabande
  21. Suite in G Minor: VII. Rigaudon
  22. Suite in G Minor: VIII.Passacaille
  23. Suite in G Minor: IX. Passepied
  24. Overture in B-Flat Major, HWV 15: I. Maestoso
  25. Overture in B-Flat Major, HWV 15: II. Allegro
  26. Overture in B-Flat Major, HWV 15: III. Gavotta

Disk 10

  1. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, H.466: I. Allegretto
  2. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, H.466: II. Largo e mesto, con sordini
  3. Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, H.466: III. Allegro moderato
  4. Pastorale in A Minor, Wq. deest
  5. Oboe Sonata in G Minor, H.549: I. Adagio
  6. Oboe Sonata in G Minor, H.549: II. Allegro
  7. Oboe Sonata in G Minor, H.549: III. Vivace
  8. Oboe Concerto in E-Flat Major, H.468: I. Allegro
  9. Oboe Concerto in E-Flat Major, H.468: II. Adagio ma non troppo
  10. Oboe Concerto in E-Flat Major, H.468: III. Allegro ma non troppo

Disk 11

  1. Oboe Concerto No. 1 in F Major: I. Allegro
  2. Oboe Concerto No. 1 in F Major: II. Adagio
  3. Oboe Concerto No. 1 in F Major: III. Rondo. Allegro con brio
  4. Oboe Concerto in C Major: I. Allegro – Maestoso
  5. Oboe Concerto in C Major: II. Adagio
  6. Oboe Concerto in C Major: III. Allegro non molto
  7. Oboe Concerto in A Major: I. Moderato
  8. Oboe Concerto in A Major: II. Adagio
  9. Oboe Concerto in A Major: III. Presto
  10. Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314: I. Allegro aperto
  11. Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314: II. Adagio non troppo
  12. Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314: III. Rondo. Allegretto

Disk 12

  1. Oboe Concerto in E-Flat Major
  2. Oboe Concerto in D Major, M.C33: I. Allegro moderato
  3. Oboe Concerto in D Major, M.C33: II. Adagio molto
  4. Oboe Concerto in D Major, M.C33: III. Rondeau
  5. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, S.Z799: I. Andante e spiccato
  6. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, S.Z799: II. Adagio
  7. Oboe Concerto in D Minor, S.Z799: III. Presto
  8. Oboe Concerto in C Major: I. Allegro con spirit
  9. Oboe Concerto in C Major: II. Adagio
  10. Oboe Concerto in C Major: III. Rondo
  11. Sinfonia Concertante in F Major: I. Allegro
  12. Sinfonia Concertante in F Major: II. Rondo. Allegretto – Allegro