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Albinoni – 12 Concerti a cinque

Tomaso Albinoni’s 12 Concerti a cinque, a collection of concertos by the Italian composer, published in 1722. The Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Christopher Hogwood. Andrew Manze (Violin), Frank de Bruine, (Oboe I); Alfredo Bernardini, (Oboe II).

1. Concerto for violin in B flat major, Op. 9, No. 1

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

2. Concerto for oboe in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2

I. Allegro e non presto
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

The most famous piece from Albinoni’s Opus 9 is the Concerto in D minor for oboe (Opus 9, Number 2). It is known for its slow movement. This concerto is probably the second best-known work of Albinoni after the Adagio in G minor (which was once believed to be a reconstruction based on a fragment by Albinoni).

3. Concerto for 2 oboes in F major, Op. 9, No. 3

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

4. Concerto for violin in A major, Op. 9, No. 4

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

5. Concerto for oboe in C major, Op. 9, No. 5

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

6. Concerto for 2 oboes in G major, Op. 9, No. 6

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

7. Concerto for violin in D major, Op. 9, No. 7

I. Allegro
II. Andante e sempre piano
III. Allegro

9. Concerto for 2 oboes in C major, Op. 9, No. 9

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

10. Concerto for violin in F major, Op. 9, No. 10

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

11. Concerto for oboe in B flat major, Op. 9, No. 11

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

12. Concerto for 2 oboes in D major, Op. 9, No. 12

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

The Academy of Ancient Music is a period-instrument orchestra based in Cambridge, England. Founded by harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood in 1973, it was named after a previous organisation of the same name of the 18th century.

Ensemble web site: aam.co.uk

Some other performances

Concerto for oboe in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2

I. Allegro e non presto
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
Performed by Il Fondamento. Conductor & oboe: Paul Dombrecht.

In 1989 a meeting of musician friends, all of whom enjoyed playing early music on period instruments, led to the foundation of the baroque orchestra Il Fondamento. Il Fondamento performs the musically important, but as less well-known, repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries repertoire.

The musicians strive above all to respect the original style and to produce music that is pleasing to the ear. In barely six years Il Fondamento has built up an international reputation. Besides the CD and radio recordings that have met with unanimous approval, Il Fondamento has been invited to play at important festivals at home and abroad.

Since 1995 Il Fondamento has been officially recognised as “Cultural Ambassador of Flanders” by the Ministry of the Flemish Community.

Ensemble web site: ilfondamento.be

Concerto for violin in A major, Op. 9, No. 4

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

Piero Toso, violin; Astorre Ferrari, violin. I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone.

I Solisti Veneti is one of the first rank of small Italian chamber orchestras with modern instruments. Founded in Padua in 1959 by Claudio Scimone, it has made a reputation especially with Italian Baroque music, recording many works by Antonio Vivaldi, Tomaso Albinoni, Francesco Geminiani, Benedetto Marcello and Giuseppe Tartini. Giuliano Carmignola and Piero Toso were two of the soloists in the ensemble. The group has made over 300 recordings, many on the Erato record label. A number of these were first-ever recordings of works of Vivaldi, Albinoni and Rossini.

Ensemble web site: solistiveneti.it

Concerto for oboe in G minor, Op. 9, No. 8

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

I Musici (Recording: 1966/1967 in Italy)
Heinz Holliger, oboe
Maurice Bourgue, 2nd oboe
Maria Teresa Garatti, harpsichord

I Musici (pronounced [iˈmuːzitʃi]), also known as I Musici di Roma, is an Italian chamber orchestra from Rome formed in 1951. They are well known for their interpretations of Baroque and other works, particularly Antonio Vivaldi and Tomaso Albinoni.

Ensemble web site: imusicidiroma.com

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