Albrecht Mayer: Vocalise

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Albrecht Mayer: Vocalise
Albrecht Mayer (oboe) / Sinfonia Varsovia, New Seasons Ensemble, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, etc

[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 14 August 2017

"Breathing is key - it carries the soul and with it, the oboe starts to sing." - Albrecht Mayer about his quest for the perfect cantabile line

Vocalise is a compilation of favourite pieces from Albrecht Mayer's recent releases in which the oboe more than lives up to its reputation as a wind instrument remarkable for its singing tone.

The artist personally selected this collection ranging widely from Baroque arias of great virtuosity to the charm of the French chanson.

Even as a boy soprano with the Bamberg Cathedral Choir, Albrecht Mayer was already fascinated by the human voice, and although he later decided against pursuing a career as a singer and chose instead to become an oboist, he is unquestionably a magician who as soon as he breathes life into his instrument casts his spell on his listeners' hearts and minds with the beauty of his playing, transforming the oboe into an irresistible vox humana.

"Albrecht achieves these incredible textures and beauty of tone which no other oboist seems to come close to …" - Nigel Kennedy

Tracks:

Bach, J S:
Magnificat in D major, BWV243: Esurientes implevit bonis
arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann
Sinfonia Varsovia

Debussy:
Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)
arr. Chris Hazell
Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Fauré:
Pavane, Op. 50
arr. Chris Hazell
Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Hahn, R:
A Chloris
arr. Chris Hazell
Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Handel:
Trio Sonata, HWV 393 in G minor
arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann
Jakub Haufa (violin), Monika Razynska (harpsichord)
Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)
Sinfonia Varsovia
Sarabande from Suite in D minor, HWV437
Solomon: Will the Sun Forget to Streak?
arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann
Sinfonia Varsovia
Verdi prati (from Alcina)
arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann
Sinfonia Varsovia

Humperdinck:
Abendsegen 'Abends will ich schlafen gehn' (Hänsel und Gretel)
arr. Joachim Schmeisser
The King's Singers

Marcello, A:
Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D minor
New Seasons Ensemble

Marcello, B:
Se morto mi brami
New Seasons Ensemble

Mozart:
Ma che vi fece, o stelle...Sperai vicino il lido, K368
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Ravel:
Pavane pour une infante défunte
arr. Chris Hazell
Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Schumann:
Romance in A major, Op. 94 No. 2
Markus Becker (piano)

Vivaldi:
The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297: Largo
New Seasons Ensemble

Weismann, J:
Variations for oboe and piano, Op. 39: Var. IV - Lento, molto tranquillo
Markus Becker (piano)