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Heritage Chamber

Albinoni: Complete Concertos for Solo Oboe

Sarah Francis and The London Harpsichord EnsembleAlbinoni: Complete Concertos for Solo Oboe

HTGCD274 – 5060332660797

These highly acclaimed recordings of the complete solo oboe concertos of Albinoni originally appeared on the Unicorn and Regis labels and are widely regarded as the best performances of the composer’s Opp. 7 & 9 to be performed on modern instruments. An illuminating essay is included in the CD booklet by 18th century expert, Michael Talbot.

‘Rhythmically secure and with a pleasing awareness of dance measures, this playing gave me uninterrupted pleasure from start to finish.’
– Gramophone

‘Sarah Francis is an immensely stylish and gifted soloist. She is accompanied with warmth and grace, and the recording is first class, transparent yet full and naturally balanced.’
– Penguin Guide to Compact Discs 4* Key Recording

‘I find it nearly impossible to believe that the Albinoni concertos could be given more musical readings than these.’
– American Record Guide

Track Listing

Op. 7, No. 6 in D

  1. Allegro   2.59
  2. Adagio   2.16
  3. Allegro   2.20

Op. 7, No. 3 in B flat

  1. Allegro   3.07
  2. Adagio   2.38
  3. Allegro   2.15

Op. 9, No. 5 in C

  1. Allegro   3.53
  2. Adagio   2.02
  3. Allegro   3.18

Op. 9, No. 8 in G minor

  1. Allegro   4.06
  2. Adagio   2.10
  3. Allegro   3.59

Op. 7, No. 12 in C

  1. Allegro   3.17
  2. Adagio   1.56
  3. Allegro   2.14

Op. 7, No. 9 in F

  1. Allegro   2.43
  2. Adagio   0.58
  3. Allegro   2.35

Op. 9, No. 2 in D minor

  1. Allegro e non presto   4.12
  2. Adagio   5.04
  3. Allegro   3.00

Op. 9, No. 11 in B flat

  1. Allegro   4.23
  2. Adagio   3.16
  3. Allegro   3.23

Total time: 73.30
 
Sarah Francis oboe
 
London Harpsichord Ensemble
 
Violins: Peter Stevens (leader), Penelope Howard, Peter Pople, Christine Read, Bridget Wallace, Madeleine Whitelaw
 
Violas: Marjorie Lempfert, Elizabeth Watson
 
Cello: Bernard Richards
 
Bass: Keith Hertley
 
Harpsichord: Christopher Kite

 

Producer: Martin Crompton; Engineer: Anthony Howell
 
Recorded in St. Giles, Cripplegate in December 1988