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Recordings to celebrate the world of the oboe


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CC2035
Vive la différence
mid-20th Century music from Britain and France

Anthony Robb (flute) Jeremy Polmear (oboe) Michael Bell (piano)

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Review R Barnett

Review J Woolf

Sample the entire album at CD Baby


"Delightful; subtle, intelligent and idiomatic."
Double Reed News
The booklet includes a discussion on British and French music of the period and the differences and influences on each other.

CC2034
Rutland Boughton
'for Joyance'

The complete oboe chamber music

Mark Baigent (oboe)
and chamber ensemble

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Review R Barnett

Review J France

Sample the entire album at CD Baby

"Mark Baigent captures the character of Boughton's music perfectly, playing with a beautiful sound and many insightful nuances." George Caird The booklet contains information about Rutland Boughton and his daughter Joy not available elsewhere, by Boughton's grandson Ian Boughton.

CC2033
Blue Bamboo
jazz and other improvisations

Melinda Maxwell (oboe)
with piano, bass and drums

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Group Impro
Varese Blues
Bye-Ya (Monk)
L'Amour de Piroutcha
(Olivier Messiaen)

video:
At the recording
"A great artist at the peak of her powers."
John Harle, Double Reed News
The booklet includes an essay by Melinda Maxwell on improvisation.

CC2032
Tailwind
The Best of British

The Gelächter Trio
Emma McGovern (oboe)
Sarah Smith (clarinet)
Lois Au (bassoon)
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Review R Barnett

Cecilia McDowall -
Ghost Dance
Timothy Salter -
Mobile
Andrew Wilson -
Giandujotti
Marc Yeats -
Dark Gravity

video: Ghost Dance

"One couldn't ask for better performances...
full of inventive spirit."
BBC Music Magazine
This is the first Oboe Classics CD to be in a digipak; it looks cool, and detailed programme notes are available at www.oboeclassics.com/Tailwind.htm.

CC2031
Great Goossens
Favourite recordings of Léon Goossens that had disappeared from the catalogues, plus tracks making their first appearance.

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Review J France

Cimarosa Concerto
Bach Easter Oratorio
Senaillé: Cotillon
Eugene Goossens Concerto
R Strauss Concerto
bonus videos: Jig & Where'er you walk

"The recordings on this disc are truly legendary... the result is artistry of incomparable quality, well transferred."
Musical Opinion
An interview with Nicholas Daniel, the UK's premier oboe soloist, on the Goossens legacy, and on the individual performances here.

CC2030
Cuarteto Emispherio

Quartets for oboe & strings

Sarah Roper
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Review G Pursglove

Wanhal Quartet in C
Krommer Rondo
Malcolm Arnold
Ferrer Ferran Quartet
Albeniz Tango

Videos, Wanhal and Tango.

"This selection is a delight... characterised by gorgeous sonorities from Sarah Roper, refined string playing and a recorded sound of clear quality." Double Reed News, UK

Extensive background (in English and Spanish) on the genre of the oboe quartet, the composers and the works.
CC2029
Très Françaix
Chamber Music by
Jean Françaix

Jeremy Polmear
and friends
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Variation (No. 4)
Quatuor - V
Sixtuor - I
Elègie
L'Heure du Berger - III

Videos, Sixtuor - I and Sixtuor - II.
"Delightfully French ... Altogether a most infectious and enjoyable collection."
Gramophone

Contains an essay (in English and French) that addresses the question of how the witty, popular style of 20th Century French wind music came about.
CC2028
Balkan Bolero
Chamber Music of
Isidora Žebeljan

Borislav Čičovački
(oboe, oboe d'amore,
cor anglais, oboe sopile)
and ensemble
Britain and EU

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Review S Arloff

Bacchanal
Bride's Song 1
My Tired Footsteps
Girotondo
Rejouissance
Wooden Sticks

Videos: Cradle Song, Bacchanal.

"This disc has been a revelation to me... this endlessly talented composer deserves greater exposure."
MusicWeb International

Borislav Čičovački is married to Isidora Žebeljan, and is able to explain in detail not only the compositions on the CD, but her fundamental approach to melody and rhythm.
CC2027
English Accents
oboe players active in England in the 1950s

with Sidney Sutcliffe,
Léon Goossens,
Terence MacDonagh
and Evelyn Rothwell
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Michael Winfield
Terence MacDonagh
John Barnett
Sidney Sutcliffe 1
Sidney Sutcliffe 2

This CD may have you wondering whether
among all the gains in oboe playing since the 1950s, something has also been lost.

The booklet includes an essay by Geoffrey Burgess on the English oboe scene of the 1950s, and a discussion by four oboists of the playing styles and performances represented on the CD.
CC2026
The World of the Oboe

an introduction to the music, players,
reeds and instruments
(double CD)
Britain and EU

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Review J Woolf

Beethoven
Berio
Britten
Mozart
Ravel
Tchaikovsky

"These CDs illustrate perfectly the many qualities of this wonderfully expressive instrument."
Jenny Agutter, Double Reed News (UK)

The download version is single CD length. The booklet includes articles on the history of the oboe, and the making of oboes and reeds.
CC2025
The French Accent

Original performances of Poulenc, Auric and other French composers
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Review J Woolf

Auric
Ferroud
Poulenc
Roesgen-Champion
Stravinsky

"A sumptuous booklet...
a cornerstone of
both performance and repertoire
and greatly to be welcomed."
MusicWeb International

The booklet includes an essay by Geoffrey Burgess on Paris in the first half of the 20th Century: the milieu that produced this fertile outpouring of French wind writing and playing.
CC2023
cor!

Alison Teale (cor anglais)
Elizabeth Burley (piano)

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Review R Barnett

Review J Woolf

Bebop tango
Bozza -
Divertissement

Ritual Fire Dance
Hindemith Sonata
Piazolla -
Nightclub 1960

Valentine -
Sonata no 10

"Alison Teale proves herself a virtuoso of the cor anglais [english horn] in terms of both excitement and poetry."
MusicWeb International
The 'booklet' folds out into a large picture of a cor anglais (english horn) that would grace any wall!
CC2022
music for oboe,
horn and piano

Jeremy Polmear (oboe)
Stephen Stirling (horn)
Richard Saxel (piano)
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Review J Woolf

Mozart 1
Blanc Romance
Herzogenberg 4
Molbe Air arabe
Basler Voc-Waltz
Damase 1

video (1 of 5) on the making of the CD

"This is one of those surprising niche releases that affords considerable and unalloyed pleasure. The performances in every case are top-notch."
Fanfare Magazine (USA)
The booklet includes previously unavailable material on Molbe, and comments by Jean-Michel Damase on his Trio.
CC2021
Frozen River Flows
New Noise


Janey Miller (oboe)
Joby Burgess (percussion)
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Review R Barnett

Journey to the End of the Night
Peace for Vayu
Random Girl
Dmaathen
Sphinx
Frozen River Flows
Bagatelle 1

"The composers on this fabulous disc range from the absolutely wild to the superbly cool."
Nicholas Daniel
No new information,
but lovely booklet design
and photographs!
CC2020
Harrison Birtwistle
Orpheus Elegies

Three Bach Arias

Melinda Maxwell (oboe)
Helen Tunstall (harp)
Andrew Watts (c-tenor)
Britain and EU

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Review D Clements

Elegy 15
Elegy 10
Elegy 8
Elegy 22
Elegy 20
Bach Aria II

Videos, Elegy 10
and Elegy 3.

"These vignettes prove to be absolutely compelling."
The Independent
The booklet includes Melinda Maxwell talking to Harrison Birtwistle; an essay on Orpheus and Rilke, the writer of the Sonnets on which these Elegies are based; and the words (in English and German) of the relevant Sonnets.
CC2019
Antares
Oboe music by
Edwin Roxburgh

Paul Goodey
(oboe, oboe d'amore)
Britain and EU

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Review J France

 

Antares
Aulodie
Cantilena
Silent Strings
Elegy
Images
Shadow Play

"The skill of oboist Paul Goodey and pianist Sally Mays is phenomenal."
MusicWeb International
Paul Goodey, the dedicatee of these pieces, writes about them and includes details of the composer's use of multiphonics.
CC2018
Oboe Divas!

Operatic Duos and Ensembles
from Handel to Wagner

Emily Pailthorpe & Elaine Douvas (oboes)
Britain and EU

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Review J Sheppard

The Flower Duet
Lucia di Lammermoor
Hans Sachs
The Marriage of Figaro
Fidelio
Eugene Onegin

"This program embodies what I love about opera and music so much."
American Record Guide
The track notes include a description of the operatic moments covered in the music, and comments by Richard Blackford on his Portrait of Hans Sachs.
CC2016
Melodic Lines

Jeremy Polmear (oboe)
Philip Gibbon (bassoon)
Diana Ambache (piano)
Britain and EU

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Review J France

Théophile Lalliet
Francis Poulenc
Geoffrey Bush
Madeleine Dring
Richard Stoker
Barbara Thompson

Video,
Dring 3rd Movement

"Inspired repertoire, superb sound and exemplary programme notes. Brilliant!"
MusicWeb International
The notes include an essay on Melody by Jeremy Polmear, and interviews with Roderick Swanston (on Geoffrey Bush), Roger Lord (on Madeleine Dring) and Barbara Thompson and Richard Stoker on their own works.
CC2015
oboe+:
berio & beyond


Christopher Redgate
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Review J Williams

Luciano Berio
Sam Hayden
Michael Young
Christopher Redgate
Roger Redgate
Michael Finnissy

"This extraordinary disc is a showcase... but while the sounds are compelling, this is intensely meaningful virtuosity."
The Wire
Christopher Redgate writes about the 'new sounds' on the CD, and in detail on each of the works, most of which were written for him.
CC2014
The Sheba Sound

A double CD of two oboes, bassoon and harpsichord
crossing musical boundaries
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Review R Barnett

Bach Gigue
Daryl Runswick Polka
Here comes the sun
D Matthews Berceuse
J-M Damase Suite
François Couperin
Arrival of...

"Great entertainment - a winner and not just for cross-over children of the seventies and eighties. It's a natural for Christmas or any other season."
MusicWeb International
An extended interview with Catherine Smith, founder of The Sheba Sound, plus interviews with Gordon Langford (The Carnival of Venice and several other arrangements) and David Matthews (Toccatas and Pastorals).
CC2013
From Leipzig to London

Althea Ifeka (oboe)
Katharine May (harps)

Duo Sonatas from the
18th and 20th Centuries
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Review R Barnett

Review J France

Bach Little g minor
Bach oboe d'amore
Bach english horn
Gordon Jacob
Elizabeth Maconchy
Stephen Dodgson
Michael Head

"A cleverly designed programme... Althea Ifeka is a superb oboist with a slightly plangent tone that fits well with the harpsichord."
Gramophone
The booklet includes notes (in English and German) on the Leipzig of Bach's time, and the London of the 20th Century, with reminisciences by Lady Evelyn Barbirolli of the English composers on the CD.
CC2012
The Oboe 1903-1953

A double CD of
historic oboe recordings
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Review J Woolf

C Addimando (1908)
S Sutcliffe (1951)
H de Busscher (1940s)
Léon Goossens (1936)
Bruno Labate (1929)
Louis Bleuzet (1937)

"A salvo of praise to Geoffrey Burgess, whose notes fuse technical,
tonal and expressive analysis in a compact
and articulate way."
MusicWeb International
An essay by oboist and scholar Geoffrey Burgess on the development of recording technology in the early years of the 20th Century, and its effect on both audio quality and recording session techniques.
CC2011
Janet Craxton

music for oboe and strings
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Review R Barnett

Review J France

Francis Routh
Nicola LeFanu
Richard Stoker
Elizabeth Maconchy
Lennox Berkeley
Elisabeth Lutyens

"This enterprising compilation should not be missed by any connoisseur of the instrument and deserves
every possible success."
Gramophone
For copyright reasons this music is not available on the net. The booklet contains interviews with Francis Routh, Nicola LeFanu, Richard Stoker, Nicholas Daniel and Anthony Burton, with comments from Elisabeth Lutyens on Driving out the Death.
CC2010
Ready, Steady, Blow!

music for beginner oboists

[the sheet music must be purchased separately]
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Pastime Henry VIII
Purcell Air
Corumbá
I Got Rhythm
Michael Head
"What a brilliant idea! Well played and beautifully produced, thuis CD is great for inspiring people to carry on
or even take up the oboe."
Nicholas Daniel
The booklet includes the stories of the four post-
Graduate students who play on the tracks - how they first got interested in the oboe, the encouragements and obstacles they encountered, and the kind of careers they envisage for themselves.
CC2009
An English Renaissance

Music for oboe and strings inspired by Léon Goossens
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Review J France

Maconchy
Bliss
Britten
Gow
Moeran

"This is much more than a CD for oboe addicts. The essence... is exactly what the title promises. This is for music lovers of all kinds." Musical Opinion The booklet includes an
essay by Professor George
Caird (in English, French and
German) on the 'Magnificent
Seven' works for oboe and
strings that Goossens
inspired. (The other two are on
CC2008.)
CC2008
Though Lovers be Lost

Emily Pailthorpe plays music shadowing the two world wars
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Review J France

Britten
Dutilleux
Finzi
Tombeau de Couperin
Eugène Goossens

"The Jacqueline du Pré
of the oboe."
Gillet Competition Jury
Emily Pailthorpe writes about
the period that produced this
powerful music, with particular
detail about Britten's Temporal
Variations
. (Notes in English,
French and German.)
CC2007
the oboe in Mozart chamber music

Jeremy Polmear

Ambache Chamber Ensemble
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Quartet K370
Quintet K617
Adagio K580a
Sonata K376
Quintet K452
"A must for oboe-philes;
a rare treat for Mozartians."
The Observer
Track notes in English,
French and German.
CC2006
Pasculli

Christopher Redgate plays Operatic Fantasias by Antonio Pasculli,
'the Paganini of the oboe'
Britain and EU

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Review G Higginson

Study - Le Api
Sicilian Vespers
Les Hugenots
Poliuto
La Favorita

"A disc to open the ears
of all oboists, and to entertain and astonish less specialist music-lovers."
BBC Music Magazine
The booklet includes an
essay (in English, French
and German) by Christopher
Redgate on the virtuoso
composer/oboist Antonio
Pasculli.
CC2005
Rare Goossens

Historic recordings of Léon Goossens previously unavailable
on CD
Britain and EU

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Review R Barnett

Pierné
Colin
Scarlatti
Bax
Danny Boy

"Historic recordings of Léon Goossens,
a great oboist caught in his prime."
Gramophone
The notes are by Goossens
expert the late Melvyn Harris
(in English, French and
German); the photographs are
of the young man-about-town
Goossens who made these
recordings, not the benign old
gent normally portrayed today.
CC2004
The art of
Han de Vries


Concertos spanning two decades from an international career
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Mozart
Bach oboe & violin
Kalliwoda
Telemann
Andriessen
"The doyen of Dutch oboists is heard to great advantage."
BBC Music Magazine
The booklet includes an
interview (in English, French
and German) with Han de
Vries about making these
recordings.
CC2003
New Ground

Paul Goodey in première recordings of music by
Fitkin, Goodey, McDowall, Oliva, Roxburgh, Salter and Sutton-Anderson
Britain and EU

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Oliva/Goodey
Roxburgh
Sutton-Anderson
Oliva
McDowall
"Paul Goodey is a persuasive advocate
for an engaging selection
of contemporary music."
BBC Music Magazine
The booklet includes the
words (in English, French and
German) of Christie
Dickason's poem White Fox
Woman
, the setting for Cecilia
McDowall's Fox Woman.
CC2002
Robert & Clara Schumann

Jeremy Polmear (oboe,
cor anglais/english horn)
Diana Ambache (piano)
Britain and EU

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Robert 1st Romance
Clara 1st Romance
Robert Adagio & Allegro
Robert Stücke im Volkston
"Jeremy Polmear is ideal for these kinds of pieces because his playing is so controlled. The sound he produces varies from the softest, most delicate tones to more powerfully evocative sonorities."
Fanfare Magazine (USA)
The booklet notes are in
English, French and German;
many session photographs.
CC2001
Baroque Spirit

la fontaine playing on period instruments
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Telemann Presto
Telemann Triosonata
Quantz
Pla brothers
"... exuberant... including a startlingly showy Trio Sonata by the
Catalan Pla brothers."
BBC Music Magazine
For copyright reasons these
tracks are not available on the
net. The notes are in English,
French and German.