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Heritage Chamber

Baroque Oboe Concertos

Baroque Oboe ConcertosHTGCD400 – 5060332660353

Sarah Francis’s highly acclaimed performances of the complete solo oboe concertos of Albinoni, the complete oboe concertos and sonatas of Handel and the complete concertos of Telemann (including the glorious Triple Concerto for flute, oboe d’amore and viola d’amore) appear in a beautifully presented slimline wallet box for the first time. Included is a lengthy essay by 18th century music authority Nicholas Anderson.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH OCTOBER 2013 – MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL
‘In summary this is a gem of a set. The 4 discs contain some real gems, immaculately played and spaciously recorded. If you feel down in the dumps, give this a spin.’
– Music Web International 2013

CD 1 – THE COMPLETE SOLO OBOE CONCERTOS OF ALBINONI
‘I find it nearly impossible to believe that the Albinoni concertos could be given more musical readings than these.’
– The American Record Guide

CD 2 – THE COMPLETE OBOE CONCERTOS AND SONATAS OF HANDEL
‘She is a superb baroque oboist, at the same time directing the members of the London Harpsichord Ensemble with spirit and finesse. Miss Francis’s playing is memorable both for her appealing timbre and her sensitive, lyrical phrasing, where she varies her vibrato with the utmost subtlety. A collection which easily leads the field.’
– The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs 4*

CDs 3&4 – The COMPLETE OBOE CONCERTOS OF TELEMANN AND THE TRIPLE CONCERTO FOR FLUTE, OBOE D’AMORE AND VIOLA D’AMORE
‘Sarah Francis plays here with intense ardour, while elsewhere her dance derived movements have fresh springy rhythms. Equally enticing is the triple concerto for flute, oboe d’amore and viola d’amore.’
– BBC Music Magazine

Track Listing

CD 1

Albinoni Concertos for Solo Oboe

 
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
4. Allegro 3.07
5. Adagio 2.38
6. Allegro 2.15
 
Op. 9, No. 5 in C
7. Allegro 3.53
8. Adagio 2.02
9. Allegro 3.18
 
Op. 9, No. 8 in G minor
10. Allegro 4.06
11. Adagio 2.10
12. Allegro 3.59
 
Op. 7, No. 12 in C
13. Allegro 3.17
14. Adagio 1.56
15. Allegro 2.14
 
Op. 7, No. 9 in F
16. Allegro 2.43
17. Adagio 0.58
18. Allegro 2.35
 
Op. 9, No. 2 in D minor
19. Allegro e non presto 4.12
20. Adagio 5.04
21. Allegro 3.00
 
Op. 9, No. 11 in B flat
22. Allegro 4.23
23. Adagio 3.16
24. Allegro 3.23
 
Total time: 73.30
 
London Harpsichord Ensemble
Sarah Francis: Oboe
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

 
CD 2

Handel Oboe Concertos and Sonatas
Concerto No. 1 in B flat major (HWV 301)

 
1. Adagio 1.35
2. Allegro 1.47
3. Siciliano – Largo 2.13
4. Vivace 1.32
 
Sonata in F major (HWV 363a)
5. Adagio 1.39
6. Allegro 2.09
7. Adagio 2.01
8. Bouree Angloise 0.59
9. Menuetto 1.12
 
Sonata in G minor (Op. 1/6; HWV 364a)
10. Larghetto 1.55
11. Allegro 1.47
12. Adagio 0.41
13. Allegro 2.02
 
Concerto No. 2 in B flat major (HWV 302a)
14. Vivace 2.10
15. Fuga – Allegro 2.13
16. Andante 2.16
17. Allegro 1.54
 
Sonata in G minor (HWV 404)
18. Andante 2.12
19. Allegro 1.56
20. Adagio 1.06
21. Allegro 2.46
 
Sonata in B flat Major (HWV 357)
22. Allegro 3.03
23. Grave 1.27
24. Allegro 2.38
 
Sonata in C minor (Op.1/8, HWV 366)
25. Largo 1.52
26. Allegro 1.46
27. Adagio 1.47
28. Allegro 0.54
 
Concerto No. 3 in G minor (HWV 287)
29. Grave 2.55
30. Allegro 1.52
31. Sarabande – Largo 2.36
32. Allegro 2.05
 
Total time: 62.25
 
London Harpsichord Ensemble
Sarah Francis: Oboe
Violins: Peter Stevens (leader), Bridget Wallace
Cello: Bernard Richards
Harpsichord: Jane Dodd
Additional players: tracks 1-4, 14-17, 29-32
Violins: Joan Atherton, Madeleine Whitelaw, Christine Read, Penelope Howard
Violas: Elizabeth Watson, Graeme Scott
Bass: Keith Hartley

Producer: Martin Crompton
Engineer: Anthony Howell
Recorded in St. Michael’s Church Highgate in February 1994

 
CD 3

Georg Philip Telemann Oboe Concertos Vol. 1
Concerto in E flat

 
1. Allegro 4.37
2. Largo 3.15
3. Allegro 3.50
 
Concerto in C minor
4. Adagio 2.05
5. Allegro 1.32
6. Adagio 2.15
7. Allegro 2.09
 
Concerto in G for oboe d’amore
8. Soave 3.05
9. Allegro 5.03
10. Adagio 2.10
11. Vivace 6.06
 
Concerto in E minor
12. Andante 3.07
13. Allegro molto 2.50
14. Largo 4.24
15. Allegro 2.42
 
‘Concerto gratioso’ in D
16. Gratioso 2.38
17. Vivace 2.53
18. Adagio 2.29
19. Scherzando 2.13
 
Concerto in F minor
20. Allegro 3.36
21. Largo e piano 2.29
22. Vivace 2.22
 
Total time: 67:49
 
Sarah Francis: Oboe, oboe d’amore
London Harpsichord Ensemble

Producer: Martin Crompton
Engineer: Anthony Howell
Recording at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel in January 1992

 
CD 4

Georg Philip Telemann Oboe Concertos Vol. 2
Concerto in D minor

 
1. Adagio 2.27
2. Allegro 3.18
3. Adagio 0.49
4. Allegro 2.15
 
Concerto in F minor
5. Allegro 3.01
6. Recitative 1.22
7. Vivace 2.43
 
Concerto in A major for oboe d’amore
8. Siciliano 3.04
9. Allegro 3.14
10. Largo 4.07
11. Vivace 5.21
 
Concerto in C minor
12. Grave 1.40
13. Allegro 2.35
14. Adagio 1.59
15. Allegro 3.17
 
Concerto in E minor for oboe d’amore
16. Allegro 3.22
17. Adagio 1.27
18. Vivace 2.37
 
Concerto in E major for flute, oboe d’amore and viola d’amore
19. Andante 4.03
20. Allegro 6.04
21. Siciliano 3.16
22. Vivace 4.39
 
Total time: 66:37
 
Sarah Francis: oboe and oboe d’amore
London Harpsichord Ensemble
Graham Mayger: flute (tracks 19-22)
Elizabeth Watson: viola d’amore (tracks 19-22)

Producer: Martin Crompton
Engineer: Anthony Howell
Recorded in St. Michael’s Church Highgate in January 1993