Contemporary Oboe Concertos – Gregor Zubicky

Jean Françaix: L'horloge de flore (1959) · Richard Strauss: Concerto in D for oboe and small orchestra (1945) · Bohuslav Martinu: Concerto for oboe and small orchestramore… (1955)

Gregor Zubicky, oboe · Scottish Chamber Orchestra · Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

Three contemporary works for the oboe is the focus on this album, showing great love and understanding of the instrument´s capabilities.

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The contemporary oboe

From having been one of the most popular solo instruments in the Baroque era, the decline of the oboe as solo instrument was rapid. When Mozart composed his oboe concerto in 1777 it was the last concerto for oboe by any major composer for 168 years. By the 19th century, the role of the oboe had become that of a solo voice within the orchestra and as such romantic composers showed great love and understanding for the instrument. Later, in the 20th century, the composers Richard Strauss, Bohuslav Martinu and Jean Francaix would write beautiful music for the instrument. Three of these works are featured on this album.

On his fourth recording for Simax Classics, the sought-after oboist Gregor Zubicky teams up with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste to record Strauss´ “Concerto in D for Oboe and Small Orchestra”, Martinu´s “Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra” and Francaix´ “L´horloge de flore”. Being both physically demanding and technically difficult, Strauss´ piece is one of his most perfect and charming works with more than brilliant cadenzas. Equally beautiful is Martinu´s work, skilfully utilizing the oboe over its entire range, giving the soloist every opportunity to display the oboe´s possibilities, both technical and musical. Finally, Francaix´ “L´horloge de flore” is a seven-movement piece played without a break, inspired by the Swedish botanist Carl von Linné´s classification of flowers.

Bohuslav Martinu |Gregor Zubicky |Jean Françaix |Jukka-Pekka Saraste |Richard Strauss |Scottish Chamber Orchestra |Tony Harrison

Release date: 10.10.1990

EAN : 7025560106422

Cat.No.: PSC1064

Priskategori : CD