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4.0 out of 5 stars Safe but lacking lustre, 1 Feb 2008
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Jon Chambers (Birmingham, England) - See all my reviews
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Although a budget label of rather inconsistent quality, no-one can accuse Naxos nowadays of being unambitious or cheapskate. This collection of Albinoni oboe concertos from Opus 9 features a fine set of performers and soloists. On top of which we have notes by Michael Talbot, probably the leading authority on Italian Baroque music. Talbot makes a distinction between the oboe concerti of Vivaldi (which he terms violinistic) and those of Albinoni (operatic). These Albinoni works feature smaller intervals between notes and other stylistic features borrowed from opera - understandably, perhaps, since his wife was an opera diva, Talbot tells us.

But the works themselves are of varied quality. Some of them can sound inconsequential. Others, especially those in minor keys, have more gravitas. The Concerto in d (No 2 of the Opus 9 set) is highly distinguished - Talbot calls it the undoubted masterpiece of the set. All three movements share the same peak of inspiration. In this recording, however, Anthony Camden takes the opening Allegro more sedately than most. Although variations of tempo aren't usually worth commenting on (individual preferences being a combination of personal taste and conditioning) the lack of pace here contributes to a stilted and stiff reading. True, the first Allegro is marked 'non presto' but, for me, Camden's staccato in his opening phrase is a little too detached and deliberate.

Despite reservations (only one major key work, that for solo oboe in C, holds much interest and the spread of sound isn't very dynamic) this CD offers typical Naxos value. Talbot is probably right about the one masterpiece but the Concerto in g is another highly accomplished work, well executed by this talented ensemble. So, nothing revolutionary here, but nothing less than competent either.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling Albinoni, 18 Sep 2010
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You really can't go far wrong with this sparkling collection of oboe concertos by the London Virtuosi. This music has a real joyful bounce, and the Orchestra and both soloists reflect this in a lively and charming performance. Throughout, the interpretation is fresh and inventive, never merely routine, and Camden and Girdwood as soloists enter wholly into the dance-like quality of Albinoni's writing. If you enjoy Vivaldi, but have yet to discover the pleasures of Albinoni, don't hesitate to plunge into this joyful bargain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Condition, 27 July 2013
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Very happy with speedy delivery and quality of CD.
I love the album and was glad to get it cheap as still finding out what classical music I like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pressie for friend, 9 Jan 2014
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Gave it to a friend for Christmas and she has told me that it's just what she wanted and she loves it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Recording, 9 Jun 2013
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My wife wanted this to help her practice her oboe, and it is very good as long as she can keep up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Albinoni Oboe Concertos, 16 Mar 2013
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Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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Albinoni's music is always cheerful, lyrical, highly melodic, and always a joy to listen to. His oboe concerti, of which he wrote quite a number, are a great collection. Albinoni was lucky enough to be able to independently support himself and his music, and was the composer of a large number of operas, as well as a large number of instrumental works. His oboe works are probably most well known today.

This cd is only volume 1 of several released by Naxos, and features Anthony Camden on oboe with the London Virtuosi under John Georgiadis. Anthony Camden died in 2006 aged 67 after a long illness, and was a highly respected oboist, and was principal oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra. So having his skills and ability on a Naxos cd is a great boon to the discerning buyer.

This cd offers:
Concerto in C major, Op. 9, No. 5
Concerto in F major, Op. 9, No. 3
Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2
Concerto in B flat major, Op. 9, No. 11
Concerto in G minor, Op. 9, No. 8
Concerto in C major, Op. 9, No. 9

There are further of Albinoni's oboe concerti available through Naxos, from Opus 7 and Opus 9 works. These are all highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best, 16 Nov 2014
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Albinoni is the man for oboe concertos and this is a great recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Sep 2014
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Delivered in good time. Item as described. Good music.
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