A. Marcello: 6 Concertos “La Cetra” - Concerto in D Minor for Oboe and Strings

A. Marcello: 6 Concertos “La Cetra” - Concerto in D Minor for Oboe and Strings
Composer Alessandro Marcello
Artist Andrea Mion oboe
Gruppo Instrumentale di Roma
Giorgio Sasso conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94441
EAN code 5028421944418
Release September 2014

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About this release

Marcello’s Oboe Concerto is one of the best-loved and most performed works in the instrument’s repertoire. Originally written in C minor, it is heard here in its D minor transcription by J.S. Bach, who clearly appreciated the work’s special qualities. With its astonishingly sophisticated use of melody and harmony for its time, its lyrical and graceful outer movements and the exquisitely beautiful central Adagio that has made it so famous, this work is widely regarded as Marcello’s finest masterpiece (if, indeed, it was composed by Marcello: in his fascinating liner notes, musical director Giorgio Sassi suggests that the piece could have been composed by Albinoni or even Bach himself).

This release also features Marcello’s six concertos published under the title “La Cetra”. The concertos could be regarded as a last outpost of the late-Baroque style, with features that anticipate the development of Classicism, and they showcase a remarkably wide range of expression, atmosphere and timbre, which is done full justice in these consummate performances by acclaimed early music specialists Insieme Strumentale di Roma. The ensemble boasts an extensive and enthusiastically received discography, and has been praised for its ‘stylish and sweetly modulated performances’ and ‘warmth, spirit and sensitivity’ (Gramophone).

Other information:
- Recorded in 2013 in Rome.
- This release contains one of the most famous Adagios of the entire repertoire: the adagio from the D minor Oboe Concerto by Benedetto Marcello!
- Marcello’s style is High Baroque, already foreshadowing the Classical Style, music of great depth and emotion, richly scored for a wide variety of solo instruments and continuo.
- Beautifully played with warmth and dedication by the Early Music specialist group Insieme Strumentale di Roma, conducted by Giorgio Sasso, an eminent scholar and musician, writer of the extensive liner notes.
- The same group already issued an interesting and acclaimed recording for Brilliant Classics: Bach Concerto Reconstructions (BC 94340).
- Booklet includes liner notes and artist biographies.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Concerto in D Minor for Oboe, Strings and Continuo: I. Andante e spiccato
  2. Concerto in D Minor for Oboe, Strings and Continuo: II. Adagio
  3. Concerto in D Minor for Oboe, Strings and Continuo: III. Presto
  4. Concerto No. 1 in D Major, SF 936 “La Cetra”: I. Allegro assai
  5. Concerto No. 1 in D Major, SF 936 “La Cetra”: II. Larghetto
  6. Concerto No. 1 in D Major, SF 936 “La Cetra”: III. Vivace
  7. Concerto No. 2 in E Major, SF 938 “La Cetra”: I. Allegro assai
  8. Concerto No. 2 in E Major, SF 938 “La Cetra”: II. Moderato
  9. Concerto No. 2 in E Major, SF 938 “La Cetra”: III. Spiritoso ma non presto
  10. Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, SF 937 “La Cetra”: I. Andante larghetto
  11. Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, SF 937 “La Cetra”: II. Adagio
  12. Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, SF 937 “La Cetra”: III. Presto
  13. Concerto No. 4 in E Minor, SF 939 “La Cetra”: I. Moderato
  14. Concerto No. 4 in E Minor, SF 939 “La Cetra”: II. Largo appoggiato
  15. Concerto No. 4 in E Minor, SF 939 “La Cetra”: III. Allegro
  16. Concerto No. 5 in B-flat Major, SF 944 “La Cetra”: I. Moderato
  17. Concerto No. 5 in B-flat Major, SF 944 “La Cetra”: II. Larghetto staccato
  18. Concerto No. 5 in B-flat Major, SF 944 “La Cetra”: III. Presto ma non molto
  19. Concerto No. 6 in G Major, SF 941 “La Cetra”: I. Allegro
  20. Concerto No. 6 in G Major, SF 941 “La Cetra”: II. Larghetto
  21. Concerto No. 6 in G Major, SF 941 “La Cetra”: III. Vivace