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Culture Watch: Oboist Heinz Holliger plays Bach

August 3, 2011 | 10:07 am

Holliger Heinz Holliger plays Bach’s Concertos and Sinfonias for Oboe

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Bach’s wondrous music is found in the solos of his cantatas and orchestra pieces. The oboe concertos disappeared. But there are oboe versions of concertos for harpsichord and violin (and a double concerto for violin and oboe).

Heinz Holliger, the famed Swiss oboist, is mostly heard these days as a composer and an inspiration to other composers, particularly Elliott Carter. Here he has gone back to Bach, in respectful, no-nonsense performances, bracing as a dip in the pure, cool water of a lake in the Alps. He is very well backed up by Erich Höbarth conducting the Camerata Bern.

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