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Release Date: Tuesday 21 September 2021
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The legendary British oboist Leon Goossens inspired all the composers represented on this recording, and they wrote all but one of the pieces for his oboe, on which he premièred the works by Delius, Bax, Bliss, and Finzi featured here. The piece by Vaughan Williams is written for cor anglais, but Goossens's precious instrument also premièred Vaughan Williams's Oboe Concerto, in 1944. Nicolas Daniel has, with special permission from Goossens's daughter Jennie, recorded the Delius Interludes on Leon Goossens's (now 110-year-old) Oboe, rather than his own modern instrument, and contributes a fascinating booklet note on the influence and experience of playing this instrument.
SIR ARNOLD BAX
I. Tempo molto moderato
II. Lento espressivo
III. Allegro giocoso
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Six Studies in English Folksong
I. Adagio "Lovely on the Water"
II. Andante "Spurn Point"
III. Larghetto "Van Diemen's Land"
iV. Lento "Shoe Borrowed Some of Her Mother's Gold"
V. Andante "The Lady and the Dragoon"
VI. Allegro "As I Walked over London Bridge"
SIR ARTHUR BLISS
I. Assai sostenuto
II. Andante con moto
III. Vivace "Connelly's Jig"
Two Interludes from 'Fennimore & Gerda'
Very quietly, not dragging