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Recordings to celebrate the world of the oboe

Downloaded/streamed albums

Oboe Classics CDs have extensive notes, downloaded/streamed versions do not; so here are some notes for these, available (free) as printable PDFs in various formats.

The albums are available on many platforms. Some direct links have been added to the main UK sites, and you can preview each track on any of them. Streaming all the music from Spotify is free if you are prepared to put up with the Ads.

The archive albums are also available as physical CDs - click the 'Add to Basket' button. They are audio CDs (WAV format CD-R), with notes printed inside. They cost £8, about the same as a UK downloaded album, but standard postage is added on checkout.


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Description How to search (the links point to the UK version of these sites) Track notes
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The Lonarc Oboe Trio - Joseph Sanders, Owen Dennis and Judy Proctor - play trios from the ensemble that inspired trios from Mozart and Beethoven.

Lonarc's website is here and their blog is here.
Search on 'Johann Wenth' or try these links: Spotify, iTunes, Amazon digital.




There is also a track listing with sound clips here.
Judy Proctor writes about and the history of the oboe trio and about Johann Wenth.
Liszt Élégie for cor anglais (english horn)

Nicholas Daniel gives the first performance of Liszt's Élégie No. 1 in its original version for cor anglais and piano, with harp and harmonium.
Search a site with 'Nicholas Daniel Liszt', or try these links: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon digital. Here is an article on how Dr Leslie Howard came to discover this original version of the Cello Élégie No. 1.
Arnold Fantasy for Oboe
The distinguished oboist Sarah Roper has already recorded Malcolm Arnold's Quartet, and now this remarkable work for solo oboe, available as a single.

Here is her blog.
Search on 'Sarah Roper', or try these links: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon digital. Sarah has written a detailed analysis and appreciation of this work, which can be viewed/downloaded here.
PICD1 - Intercession
Pipers 3 presents an album of Baroque and contemporary works. They are all virtuosi, and sound gorgeous throughout - worth a listen even if you think you don't like contemporary music.
Search on 'Pipers 3',
or try these links: Amazon digital, iTunes, Spotify, Presto Classical.



The CD version of this album is available here.
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CC2302 - Musical Meze
The Polmear Ambache Duo have given recitals in 33 countries on 5 continents, including many programmes of words and music. For these situations they look for short, expressive pieces; these are some of their favourites.
Search on 'Musical Meze',
or try these links: Amazon digital, iTunes, Spotify, Presto Classical.
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 CD booklet
CC2303 - Oboe Fancies
Christine Griggs spent many years in South Africa, playing in orchestras, giving recitals, and broadcasting. Here are some of her recordings: perennials from the exam syllabuses and favourites with enthusiasts - plus some delightful surprises.
Search on 'Oboe Fancies',
or try these links: Amazon digital, iTunes, Spotify, Presto Classical.
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CC2304 - Oboe Archive
France vol. 1

These recordings mostly date from when you blew into a horn to record - the earliest is 1901. Oboists include Georges Gillet and Louis Gaudard, with the magnifique Garde Républicaine (pictured).
Search on 'Oboe Archive',
or try these links: Amazon digital, iTunes, Spotify. (It's not on Presto Classical.)

For a CD version:
(use the 'back' button to return here)
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CC2305 - Oboe Archive
France vol. 2

This is the period when the Société Taffanel des instruments à vent (pictured) and others were recording the Mozart and Beethoven Quintets, the Haydn Sinfonia Concertante and other classical standards.
Search on 'Oboe Archive',
or try these links: Amazon digital, iTunes, Spotify, Presto Classical.

For a CD version:
(use the 'back' button to return here)
 A4
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CC2306 - Oboe Archive
France vol. 3

The technical standard of both playing and recording here is noticeably higher. Composers include Tomasi, Roussel and Milhaud, plus the world's fastest version of the Rondo from Mozart's Quintet K452.
Search on 'Oboe Archive',
or try these links: Amazon digital, iTunes, Spotify, Presto Classical.

For a CD version:
(use the 'back' button to return here)
 A4
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CC2307 - Oboe Archive
Hermann Töttcher

These recordings from the 1950s capture Töttcher's light, engaging style, delightful ornamentation, and ability to spin a beautiful phrase.
Search on 'Oboe Archive' or 'Tottcher', or try these links:
Amazon digital, iTunes, Spotify, Presto Classical.

For a CD version:
(use the 'back' button to return here)
 A4
 letter (US)

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