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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55034
Recording details: December 1987
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: March 1989
Total duration: 11 minutes 24 seconds

'Nicholas Daniel plays quite superbly' (Gramophone)

'Nicholas Daniel's playing, beautifully controlled and judiciously ornamented, makes it easy to listen again to a choice selection' (Fanfare, USA)

Oboe Concerto in D minor
composer

Adagio  [4'38]
Presto  [3'04]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The noble Marcello brothers were distinguished sons of Venice. Alessandro, two years older than Benedetto, was a philosopher and a mathematician as well as a composer. He died in 1750, the same year as Bach. His D minor Oboe Concerto reflects the familiar and civilized language of the Baroque and thus provides an interesting comparison to the contrasting moods of the later style of Bellini. Marcello maintains a ‘single affection’ within each movement, where contrasts of texture and volume are wrought, but not of senti­ment. The Adagio is notable, apart from its general ambience, for its upwardly-spiralling oboe theme, enhanced by distinctive ornamentation. The final Presto is delightfully light and fleet-footed and provides a felicitous ending to a most engaging piece.

from notes by Peter Lamb © 1999

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