Oboe Concertos Vol.1                     | Barbirolli Society SJB1009

Oboe Concertos Vol.1

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Label: Barbirolli Society

Cat No: SJB1009

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 25th July 2010

Contents

Artists

Evelyn Rothwell (oboe)
Pro Arte Orchestra
Halle Orchestra

Conductor

John Barbirolli

Works

Albinoni, Tomaso

Concerti (12) a 5, op.7
» Oboe Concerto in B flat major, op.7 no.3
» Oboe Concerto in D major, op.7 no.6

Cimarosa, Domenico

Oboe Concerto in C major

Corelli, Arcangelo

Oboe Concerto in F major

Handel, George Frideric

Oboe Concerto no.1 in B flat major, HWV301

Marcello, Alessandro

Oboe Concerto in C minor

Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista

Oboe Concerto

Artists

Evelyn Rothwell (oboe)
Pro Arte Orchestra
Halle Orchestra

Conductor

John Barbirolli

About

In 1933 Evelyn Rothwell (1911-2008) had been working for two years in her first professional post as second oboist in the orchestra of the Covent Garden Touring Company, when she received an invitation to audition for the position as first oboe in the Scottish Orchestra. Her progress to the point where she was eligible to be considered for such a post had been rapid, for she had only started to play her chosen instrument a few years earlier in her late teens. She had spent some time with Léon Goossens as a student at the Royal College of Music.

Evelyn Rothwell gave the first performance of the Pergolesi Concerto in December 1935, with John Barbirolli conducting the Scottish Orchestra. In 1939 she married Barbirolli, and joined him in the USA, where he had been musical director of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra for three years.

At one concert, Evelyn Barbirolli played the Pergolesi Concerto, and she was heard by the Australian composer Arthur Benjamin. Benjamin was very taken by the arrangement, and offered to put together a similar work based on music by Domenico Cimarosa. Nothing was heard from him until the Barbirollis were leaving Vancouver by train on a journey to Los Angeles, where John was engaged to conduct concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. The train was already starting to move when Benjamin suddenly appeared and thrust the newly completed score into the surprised Evelyn’s hands.

In 1945 John Barbirolli put together his second concerto arrangement for his wife to play, this time using pieces by Corelli. Here he selected five movements from sonatas for violin and basso continuo, transcribing the violin part for oboe and elaborating the figured bass of the originals into an accompaniment for string orchestra. In both this work and the Pergolesi concerto, Barbirolli took care to preserve the spirit and style of the original compositions.

Previous editions of the Marcello recording have carried the information that it is played in an arrangement by Bonelli, though in fact Lady Barbirolli always played her own version of the work.

Contents:
- Corelli (arr: Barbirolli): Concerto for Oboe & strings
- Pergolesi (arr: Barbirolli): Concerto for Oboe & strings
Hallé Orchestra
Free Trade Hall, Manchester 24-25 May 1957

- Cimarosa (arr: Benjamin): Oboe Concerto
Pro Arte Orchestra
St Augustine’s Church, Cricklewood 5 June 1959

- Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in B flat Op.7 No.3
- Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in D major Op.7 No.6
- Marcello (arr: Rothwell): Oboe Concerto in C minor
Pro Arte Orchestra
St Augustine’s Church, Cricklewood 5-6 June 1959

- Handel (arr: Rothwell/Mackerras): Oboe Concerto No.1 in B flat
Hallé Orchestra
Free Trade Hall, Manchester 2 September 1958

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