Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Oboenspitze, vol.1 – Alexei Utkin, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra (2004)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:04:25 minutes | 2,55 GB | Genre: Classical
Source: ISO SACD | © Caro Mitis/Essential Music | Booklet, Front Cover
Recorded: 30.01-6.02.2004 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (RTR) Moscow, Russia
Little is known about Giuseppe Ferlendis who was appointed oboist at the court of Archbishop of Salzburg Prince Hieronymus Colloredo on April 1, 1777. But irrespective of whether Ferlendis was a profound or average musician, his appearance in Salzburg orchestra inspired young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to create one of his rare compositions with solo oboe: Concerto in C major KV 314. Did the successful composer create this work out of boredom, having to spend months and years of his youth in the Austrian province he felt aversion for?
Whatever it might be but when at the end of September of same year (1777) Wolfgang set out for an important musical tour of Europe in search of the worthy application of his talent (for the first time without his father, accompanied only by his mother), he took the manuscript of the new Concerto with him – as a kind of business card, one of spectacular samples of his composing accomplishment.
This is the fourth release in six months with oboist Alexei Utkin and the Hermitage Chamber Orchestra. Each recording has presented different styles of music, revealing how versatile these musicians are. From Strauss to Shostakovitch and JS Bach to these Mozart works, Utkin and the orchestra have demonstrated their understanding and maturity.
On this program are two transcriptions – the Quintet in G minor, originally for two violins, two violas, and cello; and the Andante in B-flat for flute and orchestra. The last work is the Concerto in C.
Everything about Utkin’s playing is enjoyable for the listener. His tone is pure and his phrasing is natural. His technique flawless and his articulations are c1ear and decisive, but not aggressive. The orchestra plays with equal care. The performance of the concerto is on par with the greats. As for the transcriptions, Utkin is also making his mark. He has a sense for what pieces in other instruments’ literature will be suitable for the oboe; not one of the transcriptions or arrangements I have heard him play is awkward or contrived.
This is a wonderful program, and the performances are inspired. This should be added to anyone’s collection.–“American Record Guide” magazine
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Quintet in G minor for Oboe, Violin, two Violas and Cello
(Transcription of the Quintet №4 in G minor for two Violins, two Violas and Cello KV 516, by Alexei Utkin, 2004)
1 Allegro (1st)
2 Menuetto (2nd)
3 Adagio ma non troppo (3rd)
4 Adagio. Allegro (4th, 5th)
Andante in B-flat major for Oboe and Orchestra
(Transcription of the Andante in C major for Flute and Orchestra КV 315 by Alexei Utkin, 2004)
5 Allegro aperto (1st)
Concerto in C major for Oboe and Orchestra KV 314
6 Allegro aperto (1st)
7 Adagio non troppo (2nd)
8 Rondo. Allegretto (3rd)
(1-5) premiere recording
Quintet in G minor for Oboe, Violin, two Violas and Cello (1-4)
Alexei Utkin (oboe)
Pyotr Nikiforov (violin)
Andrei Ussov (viola)
Natalia Smolina (viola)
Pyotr Kondrashin (cello)
Andante in B-flat major for Oboe and Orchestra (5) and Concerto in C major for Oboe and Orchestra (6-8)
Alexei Utkin (oboe)