J.S.Bach, OBOENWERKE, vol. 3, ALEXEI UTKIN
July-August 2009, "American Record Guide" magazine
From the first note to the last, this album is fantastic. Bach's music is inherently heavenly, but add in the inspiration and sheer joy in performance of these Hermitage Chamber Orchestra musicians.
This is the third volume of Bach oboe works released by Caro Mitis with the Alexei Utkin. This program begins with the Fourth Orchestral Suite, followed by the D-minor Oboe Concerto, S 1059, and ends with the Second Orchestral Suite.
The chamber orchestra's performance of these suites, as well as their accompaniment to Utkin in the concerto, just delights me more each time I listen. They feel every phrase, understand how everything fits together, and bring out some of the most dazzling harmonies. One hour of their performance of this music passes all too quickly. This is a great performance.