Althea Talbot-Howard
Oboe, Oboe d'Amore & Cor Anglais Soloist

CD From Leipzig to London Oboe Classics CC2013 FROM LEIPZIG TO LONDON

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Duo Sonatas from the 18th and 20th centuries by J.S. Bach and modern British composers

Althea Talbot-Howard, oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais
Katharine May, harpsichord

Oboe Classics CC2013

This CD explores the innovative role of J.S. Bach in creating the earliest duo sonatas, by presenting three sonatas now known to date from his Leipzig period performed on the oboe, oboe d'amore and cor anglais and harpsichord. The demise of the oboe as a solo instrument and the complete demise of the harpsichord during the nineteenth century were overturned in the twentieth as both instruments made impressive comebacks. The four modern pieces were inspired by the duo partnership of Evelyn Rothwell (Lady Barbirolli), oboe and Valda Aveling, harpsichord, and form a powerful overview of the different compositional styles at work in London in the mid to late twentieth century.

The CD contains a 24-page booklet which includes a history of the instruments and the two time periods, composer and artist biographies, photographs, and original interview quotes from Lady Barbirolli and Stephen Dodgson.