David Friedemann Strunck

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The oboe is the quintessential pastoral instrument. Capable of both incisive bite and mellifluous sweetness, it has inspired many composers to write some of their most memorable melodies. The present recording sets Mozart’s perennial "Oboe Quartet" alongside two important concertos written in Norway 74 four years apart: the unjustly neglected concerto Op. 12 by Harald Sæverud (1938) and "Oboe Concerto" of 2012 by Ketil Hvoslef, a very recent and important addition to the repertoire. Sæverud’s evergreen "Rondo amoroso", Op. 14, No. 7 (in the composer’s own arrangement for chamber orchestra, with the oboe as main instrument) completes the programme. Hvoslef’s "Oboe Concerto" happens to be the very reason why this CD came to be made. The soloist, David Strunck, was involved in a performance of Hvoslef’s stunning orchestra piece "Ein Traumspiel". He was so entranced by the work that he asked Hvoslef there and then whether he would write an oboe concerto for him. David Strunck writes: "I am very happy that this recording now documents the result of my first meeting with Hvoslef." There are further connections between the Hvoslef’s concerto and the other works on this CD: Mozart’s Oboe Quartet provided a strong source of inspiration for Hvoslef’s writing for the oboe, and Sæverud was Hvoslef’s father. REVIEWS «You would have to go far to find a more compelling and well-recorded K370 than this one by Strunk and colleagues![...] Even on my first playing, I was immediately attracted to Hvoslef's work, and to Strunk's perceptive insights of the concerto's often mystic voicing, which brought to my mind some of the symphonic music by Danish Per Nørgård.[...] Ketil Hvoslef and his father Harald Sæverud are hardly known about beyond Norway, at whose borders music seems to stop at Grieg. So perhaps this LAWO album will help spread knowledge of the varied music of these worthy composers. Also it offers a devoted Mozart performance of unmissable quality.» John Miller – HR Audio http://hraudio.net/showmusic.php?title=11680#reviews «The most attractive piece on this CD is Ketil Hvoslef’s rhetoric Oboe Concerto, yet the entire program leaves a very good impression and offers high level performances.» Remy Franck - Pizzicato http://www.pizzicato.lu/nordische-oboe/ «The Mozart, one of the great works in the oboe literature, is a charming, exquisite gem. Strunck plays it with tasteful elegance, and his light, clear sound is in perfect balance with the strings, maintaining a singing tone even in the lowest register of the instrument. His phrasing and articulation are just right for Mozart.» Luke Pfeil – American Record Guide Review_LWC1100_American_Record_Guide.pdf «The Mozart presented here was the only piece I knew before I listened to this disc. [...] This has, in a very short time, become my favourite recording of this work. [...] The playing of David Friedemann Strunck, who is the principal oboist with the Oslo Philharmonic, is excellent throughout and shows every nuance of this music. He is backed by some exceptional playing, both by the solo quartet and the orchestra itself. It has all been captured in wonderful sound, making this disc most interesting and worthwhile.» Stuart Sillitoe – MusicWeb International http://musicweb-international.com/classrev/2016/Dec/Saeverud_oboe_LWC1100.htm «If, as I do, you love the pure, tightly focused sound of German oboe playing, this release will be an absolute joy. [...] And the engineering is as lovely as the performance. [...] The new oboe concerto is by Sæverud’s son, Ketil Hvoslef (b. 1939). [...] It is a remarkable piece, really unlike anything I have heard before. [...] In its 20-minute span, there is one delightful surprise after another. [...] my recommendation couldn’t be warmer.» Ronald E. Grames – Fanfare Magazine, jan/feb 2017 Review_LWC1100_Fanfare.pdf
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1. Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370/368b: I. Allegro 00:09:24 1.80 USD
Main artist David Friedemann Strunck
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performers David Friedemann Strunck | Elise Båtnes | Henninge Landaas | Bjørn Solum
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370/368b: II. Adagio 00:03:06 1.50 USD
Main artist David Friedemann Strunck
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performers David Friedemann Strunck | Elise Båtnes | Henninge Landaas | Bjørn Solum
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370/368b: III. Rondeau. Allegro 00:04:39 1.50 USD
Main artist David Friedemann Strunck
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performers David Friedemann Strunck | Elise Båtnes | Henninge Landaas | Bjørn Solum
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Hvoslef: Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra (2012) 00:20:41 3.40 USD
Main artist David Friedemann Strunck
Composer Ketil Hvoslef
Performers David Friedemann Strunck | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester
Conductors Arvid Engegård
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Sæverud: Oboe Concerto, Op. 12: I. Allegro moderato 00:08:43 1.80 USD
Main artist David Friedemann Strunck
Composer Harald Sæverud
Performers David Friedemann Strunck | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester
Conductors Arvid Engegård
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Sæverud: Oboe Concerto, Op. 12: II. Adagio molto 00:04:24 1.50 USD
Main artist David Friedemann Strunck
Composer Harald Sæverud
Performers David Friedemann Strunck | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester
Conductors Arvid Engegård
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. Sæverud: Oboe Concerto, Op. 12: III. Allegro 00:08:09 1.80 USD
Main artist David Friedemann Strunck
Composer Harald Sæverud
Performers David Friedemann Strunck | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester
Conductors Arvid Engegård
Producers Vegard Landaas
8. Sæverud: Rondo amoroso, Op. 14, No. 7 00:04:45 1.50 USD
Main artist David Friedemann Strunck
Composer Harald Sæverud
Performers David Friedemann Strunck | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester | Per Hannisdal
Conductors Arvid Engegård
Producers Vegard Landaas