English Music for Oboe


Sarah Francis

HTGCD275 – 5060332660964

Heritage is proud to announce the release of Sarah Francis’ latest solo recording – English music for oboe which has a personal association. At the heart of this release is the Howells Oboe Sonata. Although written for Leon Goossens, Sarah was the first oboist to perform and record the work. It appears here under licence from Hyperion. This is coupled with works for differing forces which were written for Sarah by leading 20th century English composers: Gordon Crosse, Stephen Dodgson, Peter Dickinson and Gordon Jacob. Three world premiere recordings are included.

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Track 1 Gordon CrosseVariations for Oboe and Cello ‘Little Epiphany’

Rohan de Saram (cello)



Tracks 2-4 Stephen DodgsonQuartet for Oboe and String Trio

Tagore String Trio



Tracks 5-8 Peter Dickinson: Four Duos for Oboe and Cello

Rohan de Saram (cello)



Tracks 9-15 Gordon Jacob: Seven Bagatelles for Solo Oboe


Track 16 Herbert Howells: Oboe Sonata

Peter Dickinson (piano)


Total time:   68’22’’


Tracks 1-15 recorded in 2014, track 16 in 1999


  1. admin

    ‘I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the playing. Sarah Francis and her colleagues are just magnificent. A must buy oboe collection’
    John Whitmore, Music-Web International, November 2015

  2. admin

    ‘The present collection takes a well-earned place among the long list of Sarah Francis’s previous recordings.’
    Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review, March 2015

  3. admin

    ‘This disc offers a splendid celebration of the artistry of the oboist Sarah Francis.’
    ‘Sarah Francis shows her love for each work in the warmth of her playing, understandingly accompanied by her various colleagues.’

    Edward Greenfield, Gramophone February, 2015

  4. admin

    ‘The mellifluosness and sheer musicality of Francis’s playing make this sequence of five works, all but one written for her, a particular pleasure.’
    Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 16th November 2014

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