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Artist(s) Paisov, Ivan, oboe • Shcherbakova, Natalia, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570596
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

This recording offers a fascinating survey of Russian oboe music spanning over 150 years. Though now widely neglected, Johann-Heinrich Luft held an important position as an oboist in 19th century Russia and was the acknowledged founder of the Russian school of oboe-playing. From music by Rimsky-Korsakov, including a dazzling transcription of Flight of the Bumble-Bee, to the more nearly contemporary, all these compositions bring to the fore the lyrical qualities of the instrument and the virtuosity of the performer.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,February 2008

None of the music here is particularly well known and not all of it was originally written for oboe and piano. Some corresponds to practised nineteenth century procedures of operatic scena-like curlicues; others stitch together folkloric melodies in an elegant and sophisticated tapestry that offers plenty of opportunities for the legato-spinning and virtuosity-inclined soloist. As the twentieth century progresses we find composers still cleaving strongly to romantic, old fashioned models; nothing therefore challenges the status quo. Equable ease tends to reign supreme.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2008

Music for oboe by lesser-known Russian composers provides a potted history of the instrument beginning in the 1830’s with Johann-Heinrich Luft’s Fantasy on Russian Folk Melodies and ends in 1969 with Nikolay Gorlov’s Oboe Suite. It was the German-born Luft who is credited with founding the Russian style of oboe playing, his Fantasy a rather academic score that eventually comes to life with a lively dash to the finishing post. Forty years later Rimsky-Korsakov completed his Variations for oboe and wind band, written at a time when the young composer had a duty as an inspector of naval bands. Here with piano accompaniment we take a giant stride forward in the quality of music, though the composer probably intended it as a ‘throw away’ piece. Maybe



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