ComposerGordon Jacob/Stephen Dodgson/Peter Dickinson/Gordon Crosse/Herbert Howells
ArtistSarah Francis
Instrumentsoboe, string trio, cello and piano
LabelHeritage (HTGCD275)
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Picture of Oboe music by English composers, performed by Sarah Francis (oboe) with cello, string trio and piano.

English music for oboe is Sarah francis' latest solo recording. At the heart of this release is the Howells Oboe Sonata. Although written for Leon Goossens, Sarah was the first oboist to perform and record the work. It appears here under licence from Hyperion. This is coupled with works for differing forces which were written for Sarah by leading 20th century English composers: Gordon Crosse, Stephen Dodgson, Peter Dickinson and Gordon Jacob. Three world premiere recordings are included.

REVIEWS

'The present collection takes a well-earned place among the long list of Sarah Francis's previous recordings.'
- Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review, March 2015

'This disc offers a splendid celebration of the artistry of the oboist Sarah Francis.'
'Sarah Francis shows her love for each work in the warmth of her playing, understandingly accompanied by her various colleagues.'

- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone February, 2015

'The mellifluosness and sheer musicality of Francis's playing make this sequence of five works, all but one written for her, a particular pleasure.'
- Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 16th November 2014

TRACK LISTING

Track 1
Gordon Crosse: Variations for Oboe and Cello 'Little Epiphany'

Rohan de Saram (cello)

WORLD PREMIERE

Tracks 2-4
Stephen Dodgson: Quartet for Oboe and String Trio

Tagore String Trio

WORLD PREMIERE

Tracks 5-8
Peter Dickinson: Four Duos for Oboe and Cello

Rohan de Saram (cello)

WORLD PREMIERE

Tracks 9-15
Gordon Jacob: Seven Bagatelles for Solo Oboe

Track 16
Herbert Howells: Oboe Sonata

Peter Dickinson (piano)

Total time: 68'22''

Tracks 1-15 recorded in 2014, track 16 in 1999

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