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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This beautiful beck and call from married duo, Diana Doherty and Alexandre Oguey, is the perfect reminder to take a break from your day and get some sunshine! Enjoy their rendition of Berlioz’s Scène aux champs from Symphonie Fantastique.

This is beautiful!

From the San Francisco Symphony YouTube page:
Associate Principal Oboe James Button captures magic in this home performance of an Albinoni concerto, transcribed by James for oboes, English horn, & heckelphone.

This piece was a favorite on the 1st oboe CD he purchased when he was 12 years old. “I must have listened to that CD a thousand times that year and always wanted to perform it, so I decided why not now.”

Six English horns, playing the Adagio from Mozart’s Gran Partita. All six are Luca de la Florin. This is so great!

Enjoy!

Beethoven, Trio for 2 Oboes and English horn, Op. 87, Adagio
Eugene Izotov, oboe
James Button, oboe
Russ deLuna, English horn

Yes, indeed, the English hornist of the New York Philharmonic is playing the Ravel Piano Concerto … on piano AND English horn.

I have no words!

From the YouTube page:

Double threat! Watch as New York Philharmonic English Horn Ryan Roberts performs Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major as both soloists: piano and English Horn.

In Ryan’s words:

“Finally!! The English Hornist gets to choose the tempo. When Ravel was praised for the beauty of this melody, he responded, ‘That flowing phrase! How I worked over it bar by bar! It nearly killed me!’ I think oboists can relate to this sentiment.”

(I actually enjoy it a wee bit slower, but that’s just me and I am certainly not qualified to play in the NYPhil!)