PETR EBEN (b.1928): Chamber Music for Oboe - Amoroso, Music for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Op. 52 (Václav Vonásek [bassoon], 7 Duettini for Oboe and Harp, Op. 28, Ordo modalis for Oboe and Harp, Op. 30 (Ivana Dohnalová [harp]), Wind Quintet, Op. 34 (Grand Valley Winds), Oboe and Piano: 6 Miniatures, Op. 124, Sonata, Op. 1, Appello, Op. 119.

Catalogue Number: 07P065

Label: Toccata Classics

Reference: TOCC 0195

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Anyone who has been put off by Eben's imposing series of organ works - for which he is best-known - will be surprised by this candy-box full of tart-to-sweet confections for the oboe (Eben says he was drawn to it from an early age). Everything is tonal or modal and Eben uses or evokes chant- and folk-like material in several of the works. Two are suites of miniatures, the Ordo modalis a five-movement suite with Renaissance-like modal material; the two stand-alone works are the sonata and the quintet and all of these last three are in the 14-minute range. Think of this disc as a palette-cleanser for your next course. Marlen Vavríková (oboe), Radana Foltynová (piano).

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