Albinoni: 6 Oboe Concertos

Albinoni: 6 Oboe Concertos

Heinz Holliger

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The Adagio in G Minor for violin, organ and strings is the work for which Tomaso Albinoni is probably best known, but his authorship of its famous theme is spurious. This album presents, however, a collection of 'Concerti a cinque' that are most definitely the creations of the influential Venetian composer. Swiss oboist Heinz Holliger presents six concertos from Albinoni's Opus 9 collection of twelve, the second of which contains another hugely famous 'Adagio' movement. In addition to a distinguished career as an oboe soloist, Heinz Holliger conducts and composes. He has produced a significant body of work in which the oboe features prominently, contributing to a relatively recent trend that has seen the oboe's fortunes mirror those of its stringed cousin, the viola. The emergence of both as popular solo instruments began in the late romantic period, and thanks to the efforts of musicians like Holliger the movement shows no sign of slowing down. Albinoni, though, was ahead of the game and made great use of the oboe's bright sound in various concerti grossi and sinfonia. Heinz Holliger's 1991 recording with I Musici showcases his instrument's soulful timbre and capacity for beautiful melodies. read more

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