1-3: D.Scarlatti: Oboe Concerto in D minor
4-6: Hasse: Oboe Concerto in G
7-9: Cimarosa: Oboe Concerto in B flat
10: Bellini: Oboe Concerto in E flat
11: Donizetti: Andante for Oboe and Strings
12: Pasculli: Ricordo di Napoli for Oboe and Strings
Scarlatti, Hasse, Cimarosa, Bellini, Donizetti und Pasculli - six composers from three different centuries, all inspired by the city of Naples. After the successful German release of his debut CD recital Fantasia Italiana which focussed on the so-called ‘Paganini of the Oboe’, Antonio Pasculli, oboist Christoph Hartmann embarked on another trip to Italy. There he unearthed some true gems for his instrument amongst the works of the great opera composers and piano masters: music full of virtuosity, drama and enchanting cantabile!
This new CD features the well known Bellini concerto, together with five world premiere recordings – Hartmann compiled the Scarlatti and Cimarosa concertos from sonatas of these early keyboard masters, together with the arranger Wolfgang Renz. The Hasse concerto is an original work altogether, whilst the works by Donizetti and Pasculli are originally set for oboe and piano but have been newly orchestrated by Wolfgang Renz.
Christoph Hartmann tours abroad frequently as a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Ensemble Berlin, made up from members of the main orchestra. The success they have enjoyed in their homeland with recordings made for several German radio stations and several other CDs is now set to reach a wider public with the international release of this essential wind album.