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Twentieth Century Oboe Sonatas

Alex Klein, Phillip Bush

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Sonata for Oboe and Pianoforte, Op. 85  
1
I. Allegretto grazioso
York Bowen; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
7:02
2
II. Andantino espressivo
York Bowen; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
5:07
3
III. Finale. Allegro giocoso
York Bowen; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
4:16
Oboe Sonata, Op. 1  
4
I. Militare. Allegro risoluto
Petr Eben; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
3:38
5
II. Pastorale. Andante cantabile
Petr Eben; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
5:01
6
III. Ballabile. Presto
Petr Eben; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
5:06
Sonata for Oboe and Piano  
7
I. Aria. Grave
Henri Dutilleux; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
3:03
8
II. Scherzo. Vif
Henri Dutilleux; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
3:49
9
III. Final. Assez allant
Henri Dutilleux; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
3:47
10
I. Très calme
Eugène Bozza; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
5:29
11
II. Vif
Eugène Bozza; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
2:17
12
III. Extrêmement tendre, expressif
Eugène Bozza; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
2:59
13
IV. Animé
Eugène Bozza; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
2:01
Sonata for Oboe and Piano, FP 185  
14
I. Elégie
Francis Poulenc; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
5:28
15
II. Scherzo
Francis Poulenc; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
4:10
16
III. Déploration
Francis Poulenc; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
4:29
Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 166  
17
I. Andantino
Camille Saint-Saëns; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
3:42
18
II. Ad libitum - Allegretto - Ad libitum
Camille Saint-Saëns; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
4:40
19
III. Molto allegro
Camille Saint-Saëns; Alex Klein; Phillip Bush
2:10
Total Playing Time    78:14
"It’s possible to listen to this recording repeatedly and rarely take your ears away from Klein, who dispenses melodies with musical charm and technical requirements with effortless grace.”
- Gramophone

Grammy Award-winner Alex Klein, former principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performs sonatas that signify the oboe’s 20th-century reemergence as a brilliant solo instrument. One of the world’s most famous oboe players, Klein says he waited to acquire a professional lifetime’s worth of experience before putting his stamp on the six sonatas heard here.

With pianist Phillip Bush, Klein plays works that he says “define the modern oboe”: Camille Saint-Saëns’ jovial, late-Romantic Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 166; York Bowen’s lushly beautiful Sonata for Oboe and Pianoforte, Op. 85; Henri Dutilleux’s emotionally wide-ranging Sonata for Oboe and Piano; Petr Eben’s youthful, inventive Oboe Sonata, Op.1; Francis Poulenc’s late, philosophical Sonata for Oboe and Piano, FP 185; and Eugène Bozza’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, an ethereal, rarely heard tour de force.

Klein possesses a “tone so unique and beautiful that musicians from around the globe would flock to [Chicago’s] Symphony Center to hear him play” (Chicago Magazine). He won a Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Instrumental Solo Performance (with Orchestra) for his recording of Richard Strauss’s oboe concerto with conductor Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Teldec).
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