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Albrecht Mayer - New Seasons - Handel for Oboe & Orchestra (2006)

23-08-2016, 12:02
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: New Seasons - Handel for Oboe & Orchestra
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Total Time: 01:18:17
Total Size: 407 Mb


Solomon HWV 67 / Act 3
(01) 'The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' (2:53)
Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Continuo in G minor, HWV 393 "Dresden" No. 2 - arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann
(02) Largo for Oboe, Violin and B.c. (3:01)
Concerto for Oboe d'amore, Strings and B.c. "Verdi prati"
(03) Allegro ("Dopo Notte" From Opera 'Ariodante', HWV 32) (5:50)
(04) Grave (From Organ Concerto No. 14, HWV 296a) (0:58)
(05) Larghetto ("Verdi Prati" From Opera 'Alcina', HWV 34) (4:15)
(06) Allegro ("Tornami A Vagheggiar" From Opera 'Alcina', HWV 34) (3:49)
Rinaldo, HWV 7 / Act 2
(07) 'Lascia ch'io pianga' (4:03)
Concerto for Flute, English Horn, Strings and B.c. "Amabile baltà"
(08) Andante Allegro ("Qui L'Augel Da Pianta In Pianta" From Cantata 'Aci, Galatea E Poliremo', HWV 72) (5:54)
(09) Adagio E Staccato (From Organ Concerto Op. 4, 2, HWV 209) (0:55)
(10) Largo ("Softly Sweet In Lydian Measures" From Oratorio 'Alexander's Feast', HWV 75) (3:06)
(11) Allegro Ma Non Troppo ("Più Amabile Beltà" From Opera 'Giulio Cesare', HWV 17) (4:35)
Water Music Suite No.3 in G, HWV 350 - Arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann
(12) Country Dance (From 'Water Music' Suite No. 3 In G, HWV 350) (1:49)
Concerto for Oboe, Strings and B.c. "Voli per l'aria"
(13) Largo ("Where'er You Walk" From Oratorio 'Semele', HWV 58) (4:48)
(14) Adagio (From Organ Concerto Op. 4, 3, HWV 291) (0:59)
Allegro ("Hence, Iris, Hence Away" From Oratorio 'Semele', HWV 58) (3:05)
(16) Largo ("Will The Sun Forget To Streak" From Oratorio 'Solomon', HWV 67) (4:32)
(17) Allegro ("Voli Per L'Aria" From Cantata 'Tra Le Fiamme', HWV 170) (2:27)
Serse, HWV 40 - Arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann / Act 1
(18) 'Ombra mai fu' (2:39)
Concerto for Oboe, Bassoon, Harpsichord and B.c. "Piagge serene"
(19) Adagio (From Organ Concerto Op. 7, 4, HWV 309) (5:14)
(20) Allegro (From Organ Concerto Op. 7, 4, HWV 309) (4:17)
(21) Adagio (From Sonata A Cinque, HWV 288) (1:45)
(22) Minuett ("In Queste Amene" From Cantata 'Il Delirio Amoroso', HWV 99 & Suite For Harpsichord No. 3, HWV 436) (2:56)
Harpsichord Suite No.5 in E HWV 430 "The Harmonious Blacksmith" - Arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann
(23) Variations for Oboe, Bassoon and Harpsichord (4:25)

Albrecht Mayer - Oboe (01, 02, 07, 13-17, 19-23), Oboe d'Amore (03-06, 18), English Horn (08-12)
Arkadiusz Kropa - Oboe [2nd] (01)
Guilhaume Santana - Bassoon
Matthieu Gauci-Ancelin - Flute
Monika Razynska - Harpsichord, Organ
Luca Pianca - Lute
Jakub Haufa - Violin

Sinfonia Varsovia, conductor Albrecht Mayer

New Seasons is a project undertaken by oboist Albrecht Mayer to create "new" concertos for oboe, based primarily on the operas and oratorios of George Frideric Handel. He and arranger Andreas N. Tarkmann used arias, sometimes including bits of recitative, and gave the vocal lines to the oboe, flute, and bassoon without changing too much of the accompanimental parts to create a cycle of four concertos. Compared to Handel's original instrumental music, these are naturally more lyrical and sometimes more declamatory, but it is surprising how often the music is very dance-like. Lively, moving rhythms are not what is normally expected in vocal music, but it makes the arias used here very natural sounding as concerto movements. Mayer and Tarkmann do not always follow the slow-fast alternation of movements traditionally found in most Baroque instrumental music. In each of the concertos there is a very short, slow movement, ending on a false cadence that implies it is meant to be some sort of introduction or lead-in to the subsequent movement. However, the spacing between tracks plus the fact that most of them lead right into another slow movement contradicts this notion. Each concerto is separated by a transcription or two of some of Handel's most famous melodies, such as "Ombra mai fu" and "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba." It almost seems to say "If you know this tune, you aren't listening to one of the concertos," and is a little distracting. Otherwise, all of the music is elegant and gracefully performed by Mayer, his fellow soloists, and the Sinfonia Varsovia, regardless of whether it's a merry jig or solemn meditation, and very warmly captured. Some may question why anyone would want to create "new" Baroque concertos for oboe when there are so many already existing. But the idea of creating concertos out of vocal music is an interesting one, expertly carried out here.

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tiger   User offline   16 November 2015 13:52

Thanks a lot.

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