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Ten Favorite Pieces for Oboe

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New York Public Radio's resident oboist picks his favorite works for the instrument.

Ralph Vaughan-Williams - Oboe Concerto
Recording pick: Maurice Bourgue, oboe with the English String Orchestra conducted by William Boughton (Nimbus Records)

Jan Dismas Zelenka - Trio Sonata for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo No. 5 in F, ZWV 181
Recording pick: Heinz Holliger and Maurice Bourgue, oboes with Klaus Thunemann, bassoon (ECM Records)

Richard Strauss – Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra in D major
Recording pick: Hansjorg Schellenberger, oboe with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by James Levine (Deutsche Grammophon)

Vincent D’Indy – Fantasy on French folk tunes for orchestra and solo oboe, Op. 31
Recording pick: Lajos Lencses, oboe with the Berlin Radio Orchestra conducted by Hans E. Zimmer (Capriccio)

Georg Philipp Telemann – Concerto for Oboe and Strings # 18 in D minor
Recording pick: Thomas Indermuhle, oboe with the English Chamber Orchestra (Novalis)

Benedetto Marcello – Oboe Concerto in C minor
Recording pick: Senia Trubashnik, oboe with the Grand Orchestra Radio/Television Luxemburg conducted by Kurt Redel (Astoria)

Bohuslav Martinu – Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra
Recording pick: Ingo Goritzki, oboe with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic conducted by Wojciech Rajski (Claves)

Francis Poulenc – Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
Recording pick: Francois Leleux, oboe with Jean-Francois Duquesnoy, bassoon and Emmanuel Strosser, piano (Harmonia Mundi)

Johann Sebastian Bach – Sonata in C major for Oboe and Continuo, BWV 1033
Recording pick: Hansjorg Schellenberger, oboe with Margit-Anna Suss, harp and Klaus Stoll, bass (Campanella)

Srul Irving Glick – Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1987)
Recording pick: Aaron Cohen, oboe with Diana Torbert, piano (ACP)