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    I love the sound of the oboe, but am unfamiliar with much of the repertoire for this beautiful instrument. What are your favorite oboe pieces? Please list as few or as many as you like.

    Tim

    P.S. I had a friend, now deceased, from Albania, who also loved the oboe, which she charmingly pronounced 'Oh Boy'

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    I like the oboe sound mostly as a voice in wind ensembles. Nielsen composed at least two nice things. The New York Woodwind Quintet made several entertaining records back in the day - haven't checked their availability on CD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyTim View Post
    I love the sound of the oboe, but am unfamiliar with much of the repertoire for this beautiful instrument. What are your favorite oboe pieces? Please list as few or as many as you like.
    Zelenka Zelenka Zelenka! His Trio Sonatas (sometimes called quartets) are showpieces for the oboes. Did I mention Zelenka?



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    I've got this! Lol.

    Concerto in D Minor- A. Marcello
    Concerto in Eb- Bellini
    Oboe Sonata- Saint-Saens
    Concerto in C Major - Mozart (an obvious, but excellent choice)
    Poulenc Oboe Sonata
    Three Romances- Schumann
    Sonata for Oboe and Piano- Hindemith
    All of Vivaldi's Oboe Concerti
    Handel's Oboe Sonatas are quite nice
    Also take a listen to Gabriel's Oboe by Morricone....absolutely beautiful.
    If you are feeling adventurous, there is the Martinu Oboe Concerto...very interesting.

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    Hmm...The last oboe music I heard was Albinoni's oboe concertos, which I enjoyed. Also, the Strauss oboe concerto.

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    @KenOC--Zelenka's Trio Sonatas are breathtakingly beautiful. This is the first I've heard of him. Any suggestions about what artist/recording to buy if I want to get these on CD?

    @Hilltrol72--Thanks for your mention of Nielsen's woodwind pieces

    @OboeKnight--I appreciate your list. Some pieces I know and enjoy, but others are new to me. I look forward to finding and listening to them

    @Feathers--I love the Albinoni oboe concertos, but don't know the Strauss Oboe Concerto.

    Thanks to each of you for your help in suggesting pieces for oboe.

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    I suggest this recording for Zelenka. There's another by Holliger and friends that's probably more popular, but I like this one better. Note that it's a two disc set.

    http://www.amazon.com/Zelenka-Sonata...elenka+sonatas


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    I suggest this recording for Zelenka. There's another by Holliger and friends that's probably more popular, but I like this one better. Note that it's a two disc set.

    http://www.amazon.com/Zelenka-Sonata...elenka+sonatas
    Thanks, Ken. I've ordered this 2-CD recording.

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    Hope you enjoy it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyTim View Post
    I love the sound of the oboe, but am unfamiliar with much of the repertoire for this beautiful instrument. What are your favorite oboe pieces? Please list as few or as many as you like.

    Tim

    The so called Cimmarosa Oboe Concerto is beautiful music by Cimmarosa arranged for Oboe and string orchestra. I enjoy it very much, and I hope you will enjoy it too.

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    And cue the brass player:

    I like the parts where the brass play loud enough to cover the oboe part(s).

    JK - I actually like to hear an oboe when it is well - played (all too rarely these days for me).

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    I like the mentioned Zelenka sonatas as well. Marcello´s d-minor concerto has been recorded quite a lot and it´s nice too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE2O_yfgtBU

    Yuri Levitin is an underrated composer, his playful & catchy oboe concerto should be better known http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFzQBUobjDE, not to mention the string quartets.

    Martinu´s neo-baroque Oboe Concerto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBgM4F5UpLA (perhaps not the best recording here, the latest supraphon is the best I know)

    Herman D. Koppel´s obscure, more modern yet lyrically tender one is great too.

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    Bizet symphony, second movement.

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    The sonatas by Hindemith, Saint-Saens and Poulenc are my favourites. Mozart's quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello K.370 is a neat work, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    I like the mentioned Zelenka sonatas as well. Marcello´s d-minor concerto has been recorded quite a lot and it´s nice too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE2O_yfgtBU
    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.
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