J.S. BACH: Concerto in A for oboe d'amore, strings and basso continuo
BWV 1055. Concerto in C minor for violin, oboe, strings and basso continuo
BWV 1060. Concerto in F for oboe, strings and basso continuo BWV 1053.
Concerto in D for oboe, flute, violin and basso continuo BWV 1064.
J. S. BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D BWV 1069. Concerto in D minor
for oboe, strings and basso continuo BWV 1059. Orchestral Suite No. 2
in B minor BWV 1067/transcription in A minor by Alexei Utkin.
C. P. E. BACH: Trio Sonata in D minor for flute, oboe and basso
continuo (transcription of Trio Sonata BWV 1036). Concerto in E flat
strings and basso continuo Wq 165. Sonata in G minor for oboe and harpsichord
Wq 135. Concerto in C minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo Wq 22
MOZART: Quintet No. 2 in C minor KV 406, originally for strings. Sinfonia
concertante in E flat for violin, vgiola and orchestra KV 364, transcribed
for flute, oboe and orchestra by Alexei Utkin
SCHNITTKE: Sonata No. 1. Sonata No. 2. Sonata No. 3. Improvisation and
A few months ago this site mentioned four SACDs from a relatively new label offering music of Richard Strauss, Platti, Rebel and Telemann (REVIEW). Oboist Alexei Utkin, was featured on the Strauss disk included in the first five SACDS mentioned above, again is heard, along with flutist Maria Chepuyrina,and harpsichordist Anna Karpenko, and the 15-member Hermitage Orchestra.. Most of the music heard on the new Bach Bach disks is presented in transcriptions featuring the oboe, justified in the profuse program notes, It does sound particularly odd (in a pleasant way!) to hear the familiar Orchestral Suite No. 2 featuring an oboe rather than a flute. Mozart receives similar treatment: the String Quintet KV 406 is performed by oboe, violin, 2 violas and cello; the Sinfonia concertante, written for violin and viola, here is played by flute and oboe—all most effectively indeed. Performances are impeccable, sonic quality could not be bettered.
The sixth disk offers three piano sonatas and Improvisation and Fugue by Russian-German Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) brilliantly played by brilliant Russian pianist Igor Tchetuev, a specialist in contemporary music—although he is in the process of recording all of Beethoven's sonatas. Schnittke's Sonata No. 1 was composed in 1988 and dedicated to Vladimir Feltsman, Sonata No. 2 came two years later and is dedicated to the composer's wife, Irina. Sonata No. 3 was composed in 1992. Improvisation and Fugue was written in 1965 for the Tchaikovsky Competition although it never was played until some years later. All of this music is of substance, usually highly percussive, occasionally suggesting it might have been written by Prokofiev had he lived longer. These are spectacular performances, and the recorded sound is perfection.
The only negative feature of these SACDs is the premium price.
R.E.B. (December 2008)