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    I am gradually listening my way through the favorite oboe pieces suggested. Most are available at my large public library system.

    @Ken--I received the Zelenka 2-disc recording that you suggested. What a well-recorded CD of these lyrical, haunting, breathtaking pieces. Do you know of any oboe transcriptions for J S Bach's pieces composed primarily for other instruments, such as his keyboard works?

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    The eminent conductor Max Pommer did an excellent series of 3 LPs/CDs with alternative versions of selected Bach concertos, including some with Burkhard Glaetzner as an oboe soloist.
    They comprise B35/156/1056/1059 transcribed as an oboe concerto in d-minor, B1055 as an oboe concerto, B1060 as a concerto for oboe and violin, and B169/49/1053 as an oboe concerto in D-major.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassoonist View Post
    The second movement of that piece is gorgeous, although I love all three movements.

    I'm not an oboist (although I wish to be someday - alongside being a bassoon player and saxophone player. xD), so I have to ask if that recording is played on a Baroque-styled oboe because it sounds different to me. It's beautiful (not that the modern day oboe isn't beautiful too).

    Otherwise, the orchestral version of Le Tombeau de Couperin features the oboe quite prominently, especially the Menuet movement.
    Yep, that's a baroque oboe alright. This is one of my favorite recordings on YouTube of Marcello.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyTim View Post
    @Ken--I received the Zelenka 2-disc recording that you suggested. What a well-recorded CD of these lyrical, haunting, breathtaking pieces. Do you know of any oboe transcriptions for J S Bach's pieces composed primarily for other instruments, such as his keyboard works?
    Lots of great Bach arrangements for oboe. For instance, Bach's six Trio Sonatas (for organ) transcribed to the more common instruments, with a very predominant oboe part. A very good recording by the King's Consort on one disc:

    http://www.amazon.com/Bach-Trio-Sona...'s+consort

    Also look for oboe versions of Bach's popular harpsichord concertos, some of which may have been written originally for the oboe: BWV 1053, 1055, and 1060. I have these on the set of Bach concertos by Cafe Zimmerman on disc 3, disc 1, and disc 2 respectively. You can buy the discs separately or just get the full set:

    http://www.amazon.com/Concertos-I-VI...cafe+zimmerman

    Enjoy!


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    Vaughan Williams Oboe concerto.

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    I am resurrecting this thread because the oboe is probably my favourite sounding instrument and I have just discovered Vaughan Williams's Oboe Concerto, thanks to this poll A Splendid British Citizen (Round One). Coincidentally this was also the last suggestion on this thread, all the way back in 2013, long before I and presumably many others had even heard of Talk Classical. Anyway, it would be good to hear of any further suggestions. I will start with one, which although not written specifically for the oboe, features it prominently within the orchestral version.



    Who said that the polls have no value?
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    Briefly mentioned in passing, but worthy of greater recognition: Richard Strauss concerto for oboe in D, Av 144.

    This recording - COE: Paavo Berglund, Douglas Boyd soloist


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    My favorite oboe disc/collection is Harold Gomberg s "Baroque Oboe" from the 60s....festuring music of Vivaldi, Handel and Telemanm...absolutely superb!! Gomberg, long time NYPO principal was a great artist, incredible sound, flawless technique and gorgeous phrasing...sadly, this disc, tmk, never made it to commercial cd.

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    Lebrun - Oboe Concertos Volumes 1 and 2/ Bart Schneemann (oboe)/Radio Chamber Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend
    Not to be missed.
    " Music is the only global language and does not to be translated."
    Berthold Auerbach.

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    Some recently discovered compositions I have found myself enjoying:

    Four Personalities for Oboe and Piano: 3. Blue - Alyssa Morris


    A new composition. I find this particular movement to be really beautiful.

    Oboe Concertino: II. Polacca - Carl Maria Von Weber (?)


    It is believed that this might have really not been composed by Weber, but just attributed to him. Nevertheless, I think it's a fun and cute little work of very early Romantic style. Composers of the time didn't really care to use the oboe as a solo instrument much, so it's refreshing to hear this. It sounds very "Classic era" to me, which is probably why I like it so much.
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    Not mentioned so far--In his chamber music, Charles Koechlin composed beautifully for woodwinds, including the Oboe and Oboe d'amore (or "oboe of love"--it has a more tranquil, serene "alto" sound to the oboe's "soprano"). I think highly of Koechlin's Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 58, and his two later Sonatinas for Oboe d'amore, Flute, Clarinet, String Sextet & Harp, Op 194, nos. 1 & 2:







    Even more off the beaten path is Andre Jolivet's exotic Serenade for Oboe and Piano:

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    If you don't mind your oboes mixed with bassons and natural horns, this is a nice set that I had back in the vinyl days and now have on CD:

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    There are many Baroque Orchestral Suites and concertos for oboe - or sometimes several oboes.
    Here are some of my favorites:
    817h7r0Uj5L._SX522_.jpg Telemann Darmstadt Overtures.

    Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758):
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