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12 Concertos / 2 Sonatas

T. Albinoni Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B000GYHZ62
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerti à cinque (12), for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo, Op. 7 (T. 7): No. 2 in C for 2 oboes, strings and continuo:
2. Concerti à cinque (12), for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo, Op. 7 (T. 7): No. 3 in B flat for oboe, strings and continuo
3. Concerti à cinque (12), for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo, Op. 7 (T. 7): No. 3 in B flat for oboe, strings and continuo
4. Concerti à cinque (12), for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo, Op. 7 (T. 7): No. 3 in B flat for oboe, strings and continuo

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshing & delightful July 4, 2007
By jsa
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Albinoni's opus 7 concertos, which are "for, with and without oboe," are less well known than the opus 9 concertos, but they are in no way to be considered "poor relations." Indeed, I hesitated before buying this set, wondering how much Albonini I really needed, thinking that there might be a "sameness" to all of this music. Prospective buyers shouldn't worry though. While these concertos are not quite up to the high level of Albinoni's famous opus 9, baroque music lovers will not be at all disappointed. Each concerto is relatively brief - No. 1, which is the shortest, clocks in at less than four minutes - but packs a delightful punch. The playing by Italian Baroque experts, I Musici, along with oboists Heinz Holliger and Maurice Bourge, is inspired and the 1990/1991 digitally recorded sound is superb.

Some may quibble about the fact that this two cd set, reissued in 2006 as part of the Philips "Originals" series, contains only 94 minutes of music, a mere 14 minutes more than can be squeezed onto one cd, however, that was not an issue for me. I prefer having this album as it was originally conceived rather than stuffed with miscellenous pieces added simply to fill up all of the available disc space. Supplemental material has been a long term beef of mine, especially on jazz recordings where numerous (and maddening) alternative takes have been added simply so that buyers won't feel short changed by a 40 minute album.

One additional note - if you want the I Musici readings of both Albonini's op. 5 and op. 7, be sure to buy this set and the I Musici recording of op. 5 separately, instead of the Philips Duo set which includes the Berlin Chamber Orchestra reading of op. 5 and the I Musici performance of op 7.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This 1715 set of 12 concerti by Tomaso Albinoni includes four solo oboe concerti and four concerto for two oboes, the very first oboe concertos published by an Italian composer. The oboe concerti showcase a remarkably happy musical affinity between Albinoni's traditional Venetian string orchestra and the new to Italy northern double reed instrument with its fresh, quirky, marvelous piquant sound.

The Venetian Baroque composers are, like their great predecessors in the field of painting, Titian, Giorgione, and Bellini, extraordinary colorists, and in his Opus 7 Albinoni effortlessly scatters a rich palette of dulcet harmonies. The overall effect sparkles like the reflections off the canals of Venice in the surrounding magically lighted atmosphere of La Serenissima, while pulsating below a bright forward energy enlivens the many graceful cantabile melodies flowing out from each of Albinoni's concerti.

I Musici never made a sunnier recording, and if you're not up for conquering the world this music's grace and charm is the perfect background to enjoy a state of dolce far niente.

The excellent notes discuss the music in greater detail than most such reissues. They describe all of the selections and give many helpful suggestions for better appreciating Albinoni's approach to the forms of his day.

Heinz Holliger, and Maurice Bourgue in the double concerti, play with what appears ridiculous, even effortless ease. Oboes shouldn't sound so easy to play, and Holliger certainly deserves his fame as a soloist. Albinoni was also a highly regarded opera composer, and throughout the set he treats the listener to beautiful long melodies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great CD November 28, 2013
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works fine WONDERFUL CD and I would buy one again by the same artist at some point A + + + +
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Great Performance, Not So Great Value August 30, 2013
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This is delightful music, performed beautifully by I Musici, in a bright, sparkling recording. I'm afraid I will quibble, however, about the 94 minutes of music total on these two discs. The 12 concertos could have fit on one CD, so we are being asked to buy a second disc for about 17 minutes worth of the two sonatas. Albinoni wrote -- and I Musici recorded -- a lot more music, and I can't believe Decca couldn't have mined the old Philips archives to find another 40-50 minutes worth to fill out the second disc.
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