Saturday, 15 December 2012

Rondo Veneziano (and Papagena) 2001 and 2010

This is specially for my brother, as a demonstration of the musical instrument he learned – the oboe – is perfectly capable of being a solo or lead instrument.

There aren't many pieces that feature the oboe, but Rondo Veneziano specialised in this as the counter-voice to their strings and percussion, and it worked very well, as the first of the two items presented here demonstrates. They also had an excellent oboeist...

As if that item were not a strong enough illustration of the point, here's their La Serenissima that kick-started their international fame and is one of my all-time favourites too. This extended version is from a fairly recent (July 2010) live performance...

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