Saying goodnight with Albrecht Mayer playing Bach … what could be better? Here is is on oboe d’amore and English horn.

Here are the notes from the YouTube page (incorrectly saying he is playing oboe):

Experience oboe superstar Albrecht Mayer playing Bach’s Air from the Orchestra Suite in D Major, arranged for oboe and piano. Albrecht Mayer created the arrangement exclusively for this very special concert at Palais Lichtenau in Potsdam, Germany. Because Albrecht Mayer has a special relationship to Bach’s music, the oboist has deliberately chosen compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. In addition to the Air, Albrecht Mayer and his chamber music partner, Japanese pianist Kimiko Imani, play tenor aria No.7 from the Easter Oratorio, and the bass aria “Mache dich mein Herze rein” from the St. Matthew Passion.

In addition to the instrumentation, this concert is unusual because it was performed without an audience. DW Classical Music is offering a digital stage for some of the many classical music artists who are currently unable to perform for live audiences. The recordings are made by the artists themselves or by a single camera operator. Usually Albrecht Mayer plays in front of thousands. But in these times of the coronavirus crisis, star oboist Albrecht Mayer was very happy to accept our invitation to perform this private concert.

Albrecht Mayer has appeared as a soloist with such eminent conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and is an enthusiastic chamber musician, playing with partners including Hélène Grimaud, Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt. He started playing with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1992, and has remained with them since, despite his growing renown as a concert soloist.

Albrecht Mayer plays an oboe d’amore and an English horn by German maker Gebrüder Mönnig.

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I would wait to post this for a Sunday Morning or Evening post, but … well … I just can’t wait. It’s just lovely.

Patriarch Ilya II of Georgia: Kyrie Eleison
Russian Orthodox Male Choir of Australia; Gregori Scanlan, Solo; Nectar Kotlaroff, Conductor

Audio Producer: Nektary Kotlaroff
Video Producer: Adrian Metlenko

This is just such fun and, as I wrote above, delightful!

Viet Cuong: Extra(ordinarily) Fancy – Concerto for Two Oboes • Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

December 8, 2019
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica

OBOE I – Robert Walker
OBOE II – Laura Arganbright

VIOLIN I
Benjamin Hoffman
Chiai Tajima
Gabriel Anker
Clara Lee
Alex Granger

VIOLIN II
Eva Dove
Liana Branscome
Gregory Lewis
April Paik

VIOLA
Liam Brolly
Drew Forde
Marissa Winship

CELLO
Allan Hon
Marza Wilks
Armen Ksajikian

BASS
Luis Primera
Dante Ascarrunz

FLUTE
Anthony Trionfo

CLARINET
Benjamin Mitchell

BASSOON
Nicholas Hooks

HORN
Elizabeth Linares Montero
Corin Droullard
Rachel Nierenberg

TRUMPET
John-Thomas Burson

TROMBONE
Liam Wilt

PERCUSSION
Garrett Arney
David Riccobono

HARPSICHORD
Irene Kim