Albrecht Mayer
Int. Release 04 Nov. 2016
1 CD / Download
0289 479 6843 6

Track List

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Trio Sonata For 2 Violins And Continuo In G Minor, HWV 393 "Dresden" No. 2

Albrecht Mayer, Sinfonia Varsovia, Jakub Haufa, Monika Razynska

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Albrecht Mayer, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Mathias Mönius

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
3 Romances, Op.94

Albrecht Mayer, Markus Becker

Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)

Albrecht Mayer, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Mathias Mönius

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Ma che vi fece... Sperai vicino, K.368

Albrecht Mayer, Claudio Abbado, Mahler Chamber Orchestra

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Rinaldo, HWV 7a

Act 2

Albrecht Mayer, Monika Razynska, Sinfonia Varsovia

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243

Albrecht Mayer, Sinfonia Varsovia

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Suite No.11 In D Minor, HWV 437

Albrecht Mayer

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Albrecht Mayer, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Mathias Mönius

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Concerto For Oboe, Strings And Basso Continuo "Voli per l'aria"

Albrecht Mayer, Sinfonia Varsovia, Jakub Haufa, Monika Razynska

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854 - 1921)
Hänsel und Gretel

Albrecht Mayer, The King's Singers

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Violin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297 "L'inverno"

Benedetto Marcello (1686 - 1739)
Albrecht Mayer, New Seasons Ensemble

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Alcina, HWV 34

Act 2


Albrecht Mayer, Jakub Haufa, Monika Razynska, Sinfonia Varsovia

Reynaldo Hahn (1874 - 1947)

Albrecht Mayer, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Mathias Mönius

Alessandro Marcello (1673 - 1747)
Oboe Concerto in D Minor S.Z799


Albrecht Mayer, New Seasons Ensemble

Total Playing Time 1:08:21

The music is well-chosen to show off Mayer's artistry in a variety of instrumental and vocal settings . . . one of the highlights on this disc is Mayer's own arrangement of Mozart's concert aria "Ma che vi fece", K. 368. At his most virtuosic here, Mayer is given a stylish and precise accompaniment by Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Another winner is "Pavane pour une infant défunte", in an exquisite arrangement . . . [the "Children's Prayer"] is heartbreakingly beautiful . . . Mayer plays seamlessly, and with a freedom of expression that seems to me just about ideal . . . a well-chosen selection of compositions just about flawlessly executed by one of the foremost oboists of our time.

. . . Mayer possesses a seamless cantabile and sonic glow that constantly beguile the senses in this wide-ranging programme.

This disc is a showcase of his art . . . If I would allow myself to use the word "magical" without restrictions, I would probably use it about every track: such is the creamy silkiness of the sound, so heartfelt the intonation, so smooth the blending with the orchestra or piano . . . [Schumann's "Romance"] is just pure, enchanting cantabile . . . the ensembles/orchestras shine as well . . . Fauré's Pavane is very beautiful. "Claire de lune" breathes the warm perfumes of the night. Handel's arias are plaintive yet springy, with warm sincerity and aristocratic poise . . . Vivaldi's "Winter" is very pastoral and so the transcription fits the oboe character perfectly . . . The song is suspended in the static golden mist . . . Hahn's "À Chloris", where Mayer takes the English horn, is magical . . . with a warm veil of serenity . . .The recording quality throughout is excellent; the rounded sound has a soft golden sheen . . . This album cast a spell on me . . . you should give this disc a try. You'll hear great oboe playing in a lot of beautiful music.