Anthony Camden and the City of London Sinfonia with Nicholas Ward give a Highly embellished and very original performance. This recording offers an excellent version of these concertos. Anthony Camden gets stuck into the pieces with articulation. There is a slitght stiffness on the fast movements such as the finales of the B flat concertos but Camden has control and is in time. He is most impressive in perfoming Handel. The Orchestra are animated by Camden`s own orchestration of the Air and Rondo and the Suite in G minor. There is poise and technical fluency and it is a joy to hear. Camden also plays well with Julie Girdwood,
The whole recording is an excellent way to experience the magic of Handel.
This is a digital recording from 1995 and I cannot fault its excellent sound,
The recording and performance are both of the highest quality and this is a wonderful interpretation of these fantastic oboe concertos.
My review title refers both to Handel's elegance and humane musical sensibility and the late Anthony Camden's oboe playing on this very lovely disc recorded for Naxos in 1995, in a church in prosaic East Finchley (a mere mile or three from where I grew up).
Time passes in a mild swoon or a pleasant dream listening to these heart-easing pieces. I love the oboe - just as I am fond of the viola; I must gravitate to the deeper, richer instruments. Camden's tone in these works is perfection itself, ably abetted by the City of London Sinfonia under Nicholas Ward. There is one recording of this repertoire in which the oboe seems to honk and screech, and I dare say there are also ones where the oboeist is lacking in character or tonal variety. Happily, there are no such reservations here.
You get the feeling that Handel is relaxing in these delightful pieces, while at the same time flexing his purely instrumental muscles. Whatever it is, this rewarding disc, in glorious sound, will give hours of undemanding yet stimulating pleasure to anyone fortunate enough to hear it.
All that, and a Canaletto on the cover!
on 16 December 2013
Good value for this excellent music. Pretty good recording. I love alll of Handel, but some pieces are special, and these are some of them. His music is so 'musical' and uplifting, and not discordant and abstract like so much modern music. The oboe is such a good orchestral instrument, and is great as a lead instrument in concertos.