Label: ARS PRODUKTION SACD 38070Ensemble Rhapsody (on period instruments):
Michael Niesemann, oboe
Pauline Nobes, violin; Rachel Isserlis, viola; Nicholas Selo, cello
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VIENNESE OBOE QUARTETS
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791): Quartet in F major for oboe, violin, viola and cello KV 370 (368b)
JAN KRTITEL VANHAL (1739 – 1813): Quartet in C major for oboe, violin, viola and cello
FRANTISEK VINCENC KROMMER (1759 – 1831): Quartet No. 2 in F major for oboe, violin, viola and cello
FRANTISEK ADAM MICA (1746 – 1811): Quartet in C major for oboe, violin, viola and cello
Mozart’s Quartet for Oboe and Strings, KV 370 (K. 368b), is easily the most beloved, most performed, and most recorded oboe quartet ever composed. The quartet for oboe and three strings, however, was a far more popular Classical Era form than is generally known, even by many oboists. In the decades between 1760 and 1800, nearly two hundred oboe quartets are known to have been composed, by at least forty-five different composers. Oboe quartets were popular throughout Europe, but nowhere was the form more popular than Vienna – long a magnet for musicians from Bohemia and Moravia, regions in which the tradition of oboe and bassoon playing was especially rich. Vanhal, Krommer and Míca, the three composers featured alongside Mozart on this recording, were all of Bohemian or Moravian birth, but each made Vienna his home for at least a significant portion of his career.
Ensemble Rhapsody was founded by core members Michael Niesemann and Pauline Nobes in 1994 and has performed in England, Belgium and Germany. The concert programs range from Baroque and Classical through to contemporary and Jazz. Michael Niesemann, one of the founding members of Concerto Köln, has been principal oboist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s orchestras, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique since 1994. The violinist Pauline Nobes has toured extensively with London’s leading period instrument ensembles including The English Baroque Soloists, The English Concert and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, as well as The Academy of Ancient Music where she also lead for many years.