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VIVALDI, A.: Oboe Concertos (Klein, New Brandenburg Collegium, Newman)

Composer(s):Vivaldi, Antonio
Artist(s) Newman, Anthony, Conductor • Klein, Alex, oboe • New Brandenburg Collegium
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue CDR7003
Label Cedille
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Robert Hugill,MusicWeb International,March 2011

Vivaldi wrote 17 complete concertos for oboe and strings. These are highly demanding and the oboe repertory would not use such techniques again for 100 years. We don’t really know who they were written for. It is unlikely that the Venetian oboe virtuosos Albinoni and Marcello played them, as we would then have expected to find similar demanding playing techniques in their own concertos. The works are simply far more virtuosic and difficult than Albinoni’s famous concerto.


Review By Elliot Mandel,Chicago Classical Music,December 2010

Alex Klein dedicates his album of Vivaldi oboe concertos to those “long-forgotten” masters of the instrument from the composer’s day, “some of the greatest oboe virtuosos ever to walk the earth.” Lucky for us modern-day listeners, we have Klein’s stellar recording to transport our imaginations back to Baroque Venice. The eight concertos contain everything Vivaldi lovers love about Vivaldi: dancing syncopation, airy adagios, and perfectly placed ornamentation. The concertos flow freely through Klein’s oboe, every trill and grace note glistening with clarity as the soloist savors rapid-fire runs of sixteenth and thirty-second notes; his slow movements float above the bass continuo without losing vivacity. Far from the plodding Four of old recordings and TV commercials, Klein’s Vivaldi brims with life; casual listeners and Baroque enthusiasts alike will want to turn up the volume.


Review By Phil Muse,Audio Video Club of Atlanta,December 2010

This thrilling recording by oboist Alex Klein and the New Bach Collegium under Anthony Newman of eight oboe concertos by Antonio Vivaldi has seen the light of day before. Recorded in September 1993 at the Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase by producer/engineer Gregory K. Squires, it was previously released by the Musical Heritage Society. It still sounds freshly minted in its reincarnation on Cedille Records.



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