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Benjamin Britten
The Complete Works for Oboe
CM 0102004
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, op. 49 (1951) for oboe solo.
Dedicated to Joy Boughton
1   Pan, who played upon the reed pipe which was Syrinx, his beloved [2:20]
2   Phaeton, who made upon the chariot of the sun for one day and was hurled into the river Padus by a thunderbolt [1:13]
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3   Niobe, who, lamenting the death of her fourteen children, was turned into a mountain [2:35]
4   Bacchus, at whose feast is heard the noise of gaggling women’s tattling tongues and shouting out of boys [2:30]
5   Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image and became a flower [3:40]
6   Arethusa, who, flying from the love of Alpheus the river god, was turned into a fountain [2:25]
7   Phantasy Quartet, op. 2 (1932) for oboe, violin, viola and cello.
Dedicated to Leon Goossens
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Insect Pieces, op. posth. (1935)
Arranged for oboe and string orchestra by Leonid Hoffman

8   The Grasshoper [3:22]
9   The Wasp [1:52]
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Temporal Variations, op. posth. (1936).
Arranged for oboe and string orchestra by Viktor Kozodov and Alexei Utkin.
Dedicated to Montagu Slater
10   Theme. Andante rubato [1:32]
11   Oration. Lento quasi recitativo [1:41]
12   March. Alla marcia [1:16]
13   Exercises. Allegro molto e con fuoco
14   Commination. Adagio con fuoco
15   Chorale. Molto lento [1:57]
16   Waltz. Allegretto rubato   [1:16]
17   Polka. Tempo di Polka. Allegro [1:37]
18   Resolution. Maestoso (ma non troppo lento) [1:46]
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Total time [46:39]

Text of the booklet is available in English, German, and Russian.


Disc reviews:
"Opus Haute Définition" e-magazine (in French)

Alexei Utkin, oboe (1 – 18)

Hermitage Chamber Orchestra
Pyotr Nikiforov, 1st violin (7 – 18)
Ilya Norshtein, 1st violin (8 – 18)
Maria Trishina, 1st violin (8 – 18)
Anna Poletaeva, 2nd violin (8 – 18)
Nadezhda Sergiyenko, 2nd violin (8 – 18)
Eugeny Sorkin, 2nd violin (8 – 18)
Fyodor Belugin, viola (7 – 18)
Zoya Nevolina, viola (8 – 18)
Ekaterina Dossina, cello (7 – 18)
Olga Kazantseva, cello (8 – 18)
Michael Khokhlov, double bass (8 – 18)

Acknowledgements to the Britten–Pears Library and Dr. Nicholas Clark personally for providing valuable information on the recorded compositions.


Recording Details

Microphones - Neumann km130
DPA (B & K) 4006
DPA (B & K) 4011


All the microphone buffer amplifiers and pre-amplifiers are Polyhymnia International B.V. custom built.

DSD analogue to digital converter - Meitner design by EMM Labs.

Recording, editing and mixing on Pyramix system by Merging Technologies.


Recording Producer - Michael Serebryanyi
Balance Engineer - Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer - Roger de Schot
Editor - Carl Schuurbiers


(P)&(C) Essential Music, #16b-2, Volokolamskoye shosse,
Moscow, 125080, Russia.


1.10.2004, 3.10.2004 - “Manege” Hall of The Moscow Theatre “School of Dramatic Art”, 16-17.10.2004 - 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (RTR) Moscow, Russia


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