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Recordings to celebrate the world of the oboe

by Jeremy Polmear

There are two kinds of album described on this site:

1. Download/Stream only. These albums don't exist in a physical form, only on sites such as Spotify, Amazon and iTunes. One of the problems of such albums is that there are no track notes, so details of each can be found at, in a form that can be printed out.

There are also Spotify playlists, and Following and Sharing them helps Oboe Classics.

2. Physical albums. These can be bought here, and are also (except where mentioned in the table below) available for download or streaming. To find an album, the most reliable way is to search on the artist's name, not the CD name. This is because these sites are mainly designed for pop music, where the artist's name is paramount.

For a classical-type download site, I recommend Presto Classical; the Oboe Classics catalogue is here.

The World of the Oboe
The download/streaming version is shorter. Type in the full album name to avoid similar titles.
Han de Vries
The Radio Recordings

For copyright reasons, this limited edition is not available for download/streaming.
Britten Metamorphoses
The performances are available, but not the 20,000-word study notes.
Orpheus Elegies
The CD has an interview with the composer about these Elegies, and an explanation of the text of each.
Ready Steady Blow!
The download/streaming version has 14 main tracks; the CD has 33, plus piano only tracks to play along with, and how to get the music.
Janet Craxton
For copyright reasons this CD is not available for download/streaming.
The art of Han de Vries
For copyright reasons only the Bach and Andriessen Concertos are available for download/streaming.
Baroque Spirit
For copyright reasons this CD is not available for download/streaming.

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