That solo. Well, it IS all about English horn this time!

Written as a reflection on his first experiences in the United States, Dvo?ák’s Ninth Symphony is also known as the New World Symphony. Drawing on his own experience in lockdown, our Principal Cor Anglais Alexandre Oguey has made his own arrangement of the famous symphony for five cor anglais with a very fitting name – ‘New Isolation Symphony’.

Jose Antonio Masmano Villar plays some of Pulcinella by Stravinsky. And it is ever so lovely. (Many thanks to Anne Krabill for bringing this to my attention.)

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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José Antonio Masmano, oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn

Escrita originalmente para soprano y bajo continuo, el aria “La satisfacción es un tesoro en esta vida” (Bach) aquí en la versión para oboe, corno inglés y oboe de amor de nuestros compañeros José, Antonio y Masmano.

24. May 2019 · Comments Off on How About A Little Rhapsody? · Categories: English horn, Listen, Oboe

Oboenkalsse Weimar – Oboehemian Rhapsody
Our Cover of the famous Bohemian Rhapsody for Oboe, Cor Anglais, Piano and the Guitar
Music: Freddy Mercury/Queen
Our Oboes: Katharina Althen, Sergio Montijano Bares, Leopold Kern,
Sabrina Fürtsch
Cor Anglais: Daniela Juriši?
Brian May guitar solo: Ralf Siedhoff
Piano, arrangement & production: Mykyta Sierov
Camera: Robert Elias Wachholz

22. February 2017 · Comments Off on Mozart à la Beethoven · Categories: Double Reeds, English horn, Listen, Oboe

Beethoven: Variations on Don Giovanni (excerpt)

OFF des musiciens de l’Orchestre de Paris
Oboes: Alexandre Gattet, Benoît Leclerc
English Horn: Rémi Grouiller

24. December 2016 · Comments Off on Hark! The Herald Angels Sing · Categories: Christmas, English horn, Oboe

Beautiful. Bravo, Eugene Izotov! (He is playing oboes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and English horn 1 and 2. Magic!)

03. December 2016 · Comments Off on New To Me · Categories: English horn, NewToMyEars™

Last night as I was driving home from our final Symphony Silicon Valley rehearsal I heard a piece I’d never heard before for English horn and strings. How did I not know about this sweet piece?

Concertino In a Flat Major, Op. 34
English horn and orchestra
I. Preludio
II. Capriccio (05:49)
III. Adagio (13:19)
IV: Finale (21:28)

Jose Antonio Masmano
Corno Inglés

Peter Csaba, Director
Orquesta Ciudad de Granada
Auditorio Manuel de Falla
Granada, 11 y 12 noviembre de 2011

This time a bit ‘o Bach with Robert Walters on English horn and Noam Elkies on harpsichord.

LOVELY.

21. November 2016 · Comments Off on Vasks Concerto for English horn and Orchestra · Categories: English horn

What a fine player, and he makes it look pretty easy! I’m really impressed with this lovely work, too. So far everything I’ve heard by Vasks really works for me.

Peteris Vasks: Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra
English Horn: Takahiro Watanabe
Cond.: Howard Griffiths
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt