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A 20th-Century Recital

Composer Paul Ben-Haim
Benjamin Britten
Antal Doráti
Pavel Haas
Paul Hindemith
Performer Alexei Ogrintchouk
Leonid Ogrintchouk
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2023 SACD
EAN 7318599920238
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date May 2014
Total time 64'47

“Tipp”, Fono Forum

“Outstanding performances by son and father, accessible music of real substance and emotional resonance: What is not to like?” Fanfare

In their recital of twentieth-century music for oboe and piano, Alexei Ogrintchouk and his father Leonid present five works largely inspired by outstanding oboists and connected to the political and cultural tensions of the period leading up to, during and after the Second World War. Benjamin Britten’s interest in the oboe stemmed from his Phantasy Quartet of 1932, which was premièred by the eminent oboist Léon Goossens. In 1936 he composed the Temporal Variations, at a time when his diaries record much anxiety about the Spanish Civil War. This seems to surface in the nine brief movements, which include parodies of military marching and forced exercises, reaching a climax in the ‘Commination’, a recital of divine threats against sinners. Only two years later, in 1938, Goossens premièred the newly composed Oboe Sonata by Paul Hindemith, who soon after would emigrate from Nazi Germany where his situation had become untenable. His Czech colleague, Pavel Haas was less fortunate – caught in occupied Prague he composed one of his last works, the Suite for Oboe and Piano, shortly before being placed in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt – in 1944 he was sent to his death in Auschwitz. By then Paul Ben-Haim had lived for more than a decade in Palestine, where he emigrated after the Nazis had come to power in his native Germany. Adopting a Hebrew name, Ben-Haim was active in researching the folk songs of the Middle East, and described his Three Songs without Words as ‘tone pictures of an oriental mood’. In the most recent work on the disc, the Duo Concertante from 1983, the mood is if anything Hungarian – a colourful and virtuosic ‘Hungarian Rhapsody for the 20th century’ which Antal Doráti, a student of both Bartók and Kodály, composed for the Swiss oboist Heinz Holliger.
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  Paul Hindemith
  Sonata for oboe and piano (1938) 11'21
01 I. Munter 3'33
02 II. Sehr langsam – Lebhaft 7'48
  Benjamin Britten
  Temporal Variations (1936) 14'14
03 I. Theme. Andante rubato 1'54
04 II. Oration. Lento quasi recitativo 1'51
05 III. March. Alla marcia 1'07
06 IV. Exercises. Allegro molto e con fuoco 0'59
07 V. Commination. Adagio con fuoco 1'23
08 VI. Chorale. Molto lento 2'05
09 VII. Waltz. Allegretto rubato 1'29
10 VIII. Polka. Tempo di Polka – Allegro 1'33
11 IX. Resolution. Maestoso non troppo lento 1'53
  Antal Doráti
  Duo Concertante (1983) 13'19
12 I. Libero, rubatissimo (lento, quasi una cadenza) [attacca] 6'37
13 II. Lento – Molto vivace 6'42
  Pavel Haas
  Suite for oboe and piano, Op.17 (1939) 14'57
14 I. Furioso 4'33
15 II. Con fuoco 5'05
16 III. Moderato 5'19
  Paul Ben-Haim
  Three Songs without Words (1952) 9'13
17 I. Arioso. Molto moderato 3'18
18 II. Ballad. Allegretto 2'30
19 III. Sephardic Melody. Largamente rubato e molto appassionato 3'25
  Album total 64'47
ComposerBen-Haim, Paul
Britten, Benjamin
Doráti, Antal
Haas, Pavel
Hindemith, Paul
PianoOgrintchouk, Leonid
OboeOgrintchouk, Alexeï

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