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About the Artist

Heinz Holliger was born in 1939 in Langenthal, Switzerland, in the canton of Bern. He studied composition with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez. He took first prize for oboe at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1959, eventually becoming one of the world's most esteemed oboists; composers who have written works for him include Frank Martin, Olivier Messiaen, Witold Lutoslawski, Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Elliott Carter, Hans Werner Henze, Krzysztof Penderecki and Isang Yun. Holliger was also instrumental in the rediscovery of works by 18th-century composers Zelenka and Lebrun. As a composer, Holliger's oeuvre covers genres from orchestral, solo and chamber music to stage works and vocal pieces; he has won many prizes, from the Siemens Music Award in 1991 to the first Zurich Festival Award in 2007. Many of his compositions have been recorded by ECM, including Lieder ohne Worte (2000), Scardanelli-Zyklus (vocal works after Hölderlin, 2000), the opera Schneewittchen (Snow White, 2001), Violinkonzert (2004) and Romancendres (2009). As a conductor, he recorded an ECM album of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's music titled Canto di speranza, in addition to leading recordings of his own works. As an oboist, he has recorded music for ECM by the likes of Zelenka, Schumann, Veress, Carter and Isang Yun.


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. J.S. Bach: Cantanta, BWV 21 "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis" / Erster Teil - Pt. 1 - SinfoniaHeinz Holliger 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. J.S. Bach: Concerto For 2 Harpsichords, Strings, And Continuo In C Minor, BWV 1060 - Performing Edition By C. Hogwood For Violin, Oboe And Strings - AllegroHeinz Holliger 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. J.S. Bach: Concerto For 2 Harpsichords, Strings, And Continuo In C Minor, BWV 1060 - Reconstruction For Oboe, Violin, Strings & B.c. - AdagioHeinz Holliger 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. J.S. Bach: Concerto For 2 Harpsichords, Strings, And Continuo In C Minor, BWV 1060 - Reconstruction For Oboe, Violin, Strings & B.c. - AllegroHeinz Holliger 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - AdagioHeinz Holliger 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. J.S. Bach: Concerto For Oboe d'amore, Strings, And Continuo In A, BWV 1055 - Reconstruction After Concerto For Harpsichord, Strings, And Continuo In A, BWV 1055 - (-)Heinz Holliger 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. J.S. Bach: Concerto For Oboe d'amore, Strings, And Continuo In A, BWV 1055 - Reconstruction After Concerto For Harpsichord, Strings, And Continuo In A, BWV 1055 - LarghettoHeinz Holliger 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. J.S. Bach: Concerto For Oboe d'amore, Strings, And Continuo In A, BWV 1055 - Reconstruction After Concerto For Harpsichord, Strings, And Continuo In A, BWV 1055 - AllegroHeinz Holliger 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor: Arr. Recorder - Andante e spiccatoHeinz Holliger 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor: Arr. Recorder - AdagioHeinz Holliger 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Marcello: Oboe Concerto In D Minor: Arr. Recorder - PrestoHeinz Holliger 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 12, "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" - Sinfonia zur Kantate "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen", BWV 12Heinz Holliger 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. J.S. Bach: Concerto For Harpsichord, Oboe, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1059 - AllegroHeinz Holliger 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. J.S. Bach: Concerto For Harpsichord, Oboe, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1059 - AdagioHeinz Holliger 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. J.S. Bach: Concerto For Harpsichord, Oboe, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1059 - PrestoHeinz Holliger 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Camerata Bern
  • Conductor: Erich Höbarth
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Alessandro Marcello
  • Audio CD (July 19, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM Records
  • ASIN: B00518HB9E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 4, 2011
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Heinz Holliger certainly needs no introduction, having been the gold standard for oboe performance for decades as well as a man responsible for keeping the lesser known works of Bach in the recording studios. He is not only a baroque specialist but also a conductor and composer. As an oboist many composers (including Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, Frank Martin, Hans Werner Henze, Witold Lutos'awski, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Isang Yun) have written works for him.

This fascinating recording finds Holliger restoring some of the 'oboe concertos' of Bach's day - a time when extended solo parts were accompanied by orchestra and held such an important role that they could be considered mini-concertos. Here Holliger is joined by Erich Höbarth and the Camerata Bern. The works included are the sinfonia introductions to several sacred cantatas, the sinfonia from the Easter Oratorio and versions of three Bach concertos made for oboe, strings and continuo. These include the sublime Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe, with the solo violin part played by Höbarth. In addition to Bach is Alessandro Marcello's Oboe Concerto in D minor, a piece Bach appreciated enough to rework for solo harpsichord.

The quality of the performances is top notch - fresh, precise, informed....and elegant. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, August 11
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Mackenzie on December 17, 2011
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It is hard to believe that Heinz Holliger is now more than 70 years old. The grace and dance like grace he brings to this wonderful disc is that of a young man. This record is delightful, and extremely well recorded. Very highly recommended - it will bring a spring to your step.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By noOne on June 4, 2012
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I don't review stuff, or use words like Splendid, Sumptuous, or Magnificent.

This left me feeling simply grateful to have found it.

Its beautiful, like Morimur-I-can't-stop-listening-to-it-year-upon-year-beautiful.

Another day redeemed.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By angelomusicante on July 25, 2011
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I was a little bit dubious about this record because of Heinz Holliger age but in this special case I have to admit that mr Holliger is playing as always with his sense of line an a perfect intonation with a way of expressing that is more free than before so do not hesitate to buy this excellent record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KJC on April 25, 2014
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Gorgeous playing by a master oboist. Hollinger is amazing. He's my dad's age and plays better than any other professional I have ever heard. His timing and command of the music is phenomenal. The only other oboist who comes close is Albrecht Mayer. I'm very glad I bought this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Gentleman on September 13, 2013
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This is a wonderful collection of concertos featuring the hauntingly beautiful sounds of the oboe, played to perfection by the one and only Heinz Holliger. It does not get much better than this. Like a rare, fine wine one should allow these beautiful concertos to swirl around on the palette of your mind and enjoy the captivating "flavor"! Sublimely delicious.
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