oboe by Howarth www.howarth.uk.com
to main catalogue
Recordings to celebrate the world of the oboe


(click what you want to see)
Baroque Spirit CD cover
Other Baroque CDs: War and Peace CD cover Zelenka CD cover From Leipzig to London CD cover


Koji Ezaki
- right in the picture
(oboe, treble recorder, bassoon)

Masamitsu San'nomiya (oboe)

Teruo Takamure (cello)

Makiko Mizunaga (harpsichord)
La Fontaine in the recording studio. Taken in a rehearsal -
no oboist ever crosses his legs during a take!

Based in Tokyo, the ensemble "La Fontaine" was founded in l996. Six months after its first concert in October 1996, the ensemble was a prizewinner at the Yamanashi/Tokyo Early Music Competition. In 1998 they participated in the York Early Music Festival in Britain. Two years later, they performed at the International Early Music competition in Bruges, where their performance won the second prize, the audience prize, and an invitation by Philip Pickett to participate in the 2001 Early Music Festival at London's South Bank Centre.

They perform regularly in major cities throughout Japan, including the prestigeous Casals Hall in Tokyo. They have been broadcast several times on Japanese Radio (NHK-FM). This is their second CD.
(Click underlined movements to hear sound clips)

Joan Baptista & Josep Pla (18th Century): Triosonata in G for two oboes and continue, D:III, 12
Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Triosonata in A minor for treble recorder, oboe and continuo
Largo - Allegro - Cantabile - Allegro

Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello (c1690-1758): Concerto in B for oboe, bassoon and continuo
Largo - Allegro - Largo - Allegro

Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773): Triosonata in G minor for 2 oboes and continuo, QV 2:40
Largo - Allegro - Andante - Presto assai

Georg Philipp Telemann: Sonata in C for treble recorder and continuo
Adagio-Allegro Larghetto - Vivace

Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758): Triosonata in G minor for two oboes and continuo, Fasch WV N:g2
Andante - Allegro - Un poco Allegro

Georg Philipp Telemann: Presto from Concerto in E minor

The CD booklet contains an article (in English, French and German) by Stephen Pettit on the lives of the composers, and also on the social and economic circumstances in which the pieces were written, and for whom. There are more details on the instruments and the players.

The works on this disc are predominantly Trio Sonatas, composed in the early to middle eighteenth century. The trio sonata was the most popular (and profitable) musical form of that time, perfectly designed for the amateur market. Requiring three or four players, it is ideal for the convivial social occasion. Unlike the solo sonata, it does not tempt any single musician to show off, since all parts are more or less equal (an exception on this CD is the Trio Sonata by the Pla brothers, where both oboists are expected to display their virtuosity).

In general, a trio sonata might be performed by cultured and more or less skilled friends as a leisure actuivity; or it might be played by a noble person's court musicians - cheaply, considering the limited person-power demanded - with only m'lord and m'lady as non-participating witnesses; or it might form part of the repertoire at one of the many musical societies' evenings - an accademia in Italy, a collegium musicum in Germany, a philharmonick club in England. Copyright Stephen Pettit 2002

Press Comment
"It is clear from this excellently produced CD why they are prize winners in both Japan and Europe ... The playing by La Fontaine throughout this disc is elegant and beautifully balanced, and in the fast movements they display brilliant control, enviable technique and joyous music making." Jane Woolfenden, Double Reed News (UK)

"... exuberant ... including a startlingly showy Trio Sonata for oboes by the Catalan Pla brothers." Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine

back to top to main catalogue