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The Art of the Oboe – The Classical Era (Emma Black)
One of Australia’s finest classical exports releases her debut album, exploring the way Mozart, JC Bach and Johann Baptist Vanhal composed for the oboe during the Classical era.
Australian-born Emma Black is one of the world’s finest oboe players. The principal and solo oboist with the Wiener Akademie (Vienna) and Le Concert de la Loge (Paris), she also plays and records regularly with Musica Aeterna, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Concentus Musicus Wien and Les Talens Lyriques, and in Australia with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Antipodes and Pinchgut Opera.
On her debut album, Black explores the development of the oboe in the Classical era through quartets by Mozart, JC Bach and Johann Baptist Vanhal. It was around 1770 when the oboe began to be featured as a solo instrument in chamber music, and these four quartets demonstrate how perfectly the sweet, lyrical sound of the instrument sits alongside the resonance of the string instruments. Joined here by three superb musicians – Zoe Black (violin), Anne Harvey-Nagl (viola and violin) and Peter Trefflinger (cello) – these quartets sparkle and delight.
The album also features something of a reclamation on behalf of the oboe: Mozart’s Concerto in D major, K314, was originally written for oboe but transcribed and popularised in a version for flute. Here, Black and her colleagues return the favour with their performance of Mozart’s Quartet in D major, KV285, was originally written for flute but here recovered for oboe.
This recording, as part of Black’s PhD project, is the first in a series of four showcasing the four main types of oboes played today: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and modern
JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH Quartet in B-flat major, B60
1 I. Allegro 7’57
2 II. Rondeau grazioso 4’27
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Oboe Quartet in F major, KV370 / 368b
3 I. Allegro 9’26
4 II. Adagio 3’05
5 III. Rondeau allegro 4’41
JOHANN BAPTIST VANHAL Oboe Quartet in F major, Op. 7 No. 1
6 I. Allegro moderato 4’52
7 II. Cantabile 4’52
8 III. Menuetto 3’18
9 IV. Presto 4’54
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Oboe Quartet in D major, KV285
10 I. Allegro 7’20
11 II. Adagio 2’56
12 III. Rondeau 4’54
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
13 Adagio in G major, KV580a 5’53