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It can be difficult to distinguish between an oboe and an English horn. This is the perfect opportunity to prove your skill. Both instruments are played with a full rich tone by Diego Dini Carlini. Notice the slightly more open sound of the English horn in the concerto finale.

Listen -- Finale (Concertino Op 34) (track 12, 0:00-0:53)
© 2007 CPO

Conductor, soloists and chamber orchestra handle their assignments with grace and ease. Ignore CPO's unexciting CD cover. The sound is fine and the music pleasurable. Strongly recommended -- to those who, like me, are willing to run the risk of being labeled unadventurous.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to augment my wish list with a recording of Wolf-Ferrari's violin concerto and a two-disc set of his chamber music. Good job CPO!

Copyright © 6 April 2008 Ron Bierman, San Diego, USA


Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Complete Wind Concertos

777 157-2 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 70'07" 2007 cpo

Diego Dini Ciacci, oboe, cor anglais; Paola Carlini, bassoon; Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto; Zsolt Hamar, conductor

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948): Idilio-Concertino Op 15 in A for oboe and small orchestra (Preambola; Scherzo; Adagio; Rondo); Suite-Concertino Op 16 in F for bassoon and small orchestra (Notturno: Andante un poco mosso; Strimpellata: Presto; Canzone: Andante cantabile; Andante con moto); Concertino Op 34 in A flat for cor anglais, strings and two horns (Preludio; Capriccio; Adagio; Finale)


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