CHRISTIAN FREDERIK BARTH (1787-1861): Oboe Concerto in B Flat, Op. 12 (First Recording), FRIEDRICH KUHLAU (1786-1832): Concertino for 2 Horns and Orchestra, Op. 45, Overture to William Shakespeare, Op. 74, NIELS W. GADE (1817-1890): Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor (orch. Carl Reinecke [1824-1910]).
Catalogue Number: 02V033
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: Kuhlau’s 22-minute work of c.1822 belies its diminutive title in length but not in its serenade-like spirit as it begins with an almost quote from Crusell’s second clarinet concerto and uses a Polacca in two of its inner movements. The Shakespeare overture is a meaty ten-minute work inspired by Beethoven’s Consecration of the House overture and dates from 1826. Barth was a famous oboist in his day and his delightful Classical concerto comes from c.1823. Oliver Nordahl (oboe), Flemming Aksnes, Lisa Maria Cooper (horns), Ian van Rensburg (violin), Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; Jean Thorel.