Britten – Works for Oboe

ALEXEI UTKIN, HERMITAGE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The real musicians are so few and far between, aren’t they? Apart from the Bergs, Stravinskys, Schönbergs and Bridges one is a bit stumped for names, isn’t one? This is what wrote the young Britten, a student at the Royal College of Music in London, the author of numerous songs and instrumental pieces, and most importantly one of those true musicians who are ‘few and far between’.
To this day many people in Russia remember his visits. Music teachers at the Moscow Conservatory even now reminisce about the concert at which Peter Pears sang Britten’s songs accompanied by the composer himself. Memoirs written by Britten’s friends (for instance Imogen Holst) give an overall impression of a sociable, cheerful composer who truly enjoyed the creative process. In the words of those closest to him, he seemed to radiate music. Britten was born in England in 1913 on the North Sea coast (in the county of Suffolk) and many of his compositions, from earlysongs to the late operas, are filled with depictions of the aquatic elements. His mother was the secretary of a choral society and music was often played or sung at home (his father even felt reluctant to buy a radio or record player, fearing that live music would no longer be heard in their family circle). One of the budding composer’s first teachers was Frank Bridge, whom Britten idolised. Bridge was a forbidding character, and from the first few exercises he tried to instil perfectionism. One of his teaching techniques was to make Britten go to the far end of the room, play what the boy had composed and ask if that had been his initial intention.

Tracklist

1.
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. - I. Pan
02:20
2.
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. - II. Phaeton
01:14
3.
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. - III. Niobe
02:34
4.
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. - IV. Bacchus
02:30
5.
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. - V. Narcissus
03:39
6.
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. - VI. Arethusa
02:33
7.
Phantasy for Oboe and String Trio
12:48
8.
Insect Pieces. - The Grasshoper
03:22
9.
Insect Pieces. - The Wasp
02:01
10.
Temporal Variations. - I. Theme
01:32
11.
Temporal Variations. - II. Oration
01:40
12.
Temporal Variations. - III. March
01:15
13.
Temporal Variations. - IV. Exercises
01:02
14.
Temporal Variations. - V. Commination
01:29
15.
Temporal Variations. - VI. Chorale
01:57
16.
Temporal Variations. - VII. Waltz
01:17
17.
Temporal Variations. - VIII. Polka
01:36
18.
Temporal Variations. - IX. Resolution
01:44

Total time: 00:46:33

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Original Recording Format

Digital Converters

Meitner design

Microphones

Neumann km130 DPA (B & K) 4006 ; DPA (B & K) 4011 SCHOEPS mk2S ; SCHOEPS mk41

Producer

Michael Serebryanyi

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot, roger de Schot

Recording location

Manege Hall of the Moscow Theatre School of Dramatic Art, The 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

Awards

SKU

CM0102004

Release Date November 11, 2015
SKU CM0102004

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