Keisuke Wakao Plays Bach, Mozart, Britten and Prokofiev (2003)

Bach, Mozart, Britten, Prokofiev

Keisuke Wakao

 Johann Christian Bach Between 1762 and 1767, Johann Christian Bach composed the Opus 8 quartet series: six two-movement quartets (originally) for flute, violin, viola and cello. The B-flat Quartet is the sixth and first appeared in print in 1772 in London together with the other five quartets as Op. 8. As he had done in his Op. 4 Trios, Bach was still clearly basing his work on examples by Sammartini and Tartini; however, in contrast to the Trios, he goes more for a contrapuntal-motivic movement technique. The simple elegance which characterizes most of his work is equally captivating in the Quartet in B-flat recorded here. As the representative of a galant, yet technically well-balanced style, the youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach exerted an important influence on the generation to come - thus also on Mozart, who wrote as follows to his father with regard to Bach‘s death: „You probably already know that Bach the Englishman has died? - What a loss for the world of music!"

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Keisuke Wakao

 Keisuke Wakao was appointed assistant principal oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal oboe of the Boston Pops Orchestra in the fall of 1990 having previously performed with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa. He has also made numerous solo appearances, including performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra under John Williams, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under Kazuyoshi Akiyama, and the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Wakao was a finalist in the 1988 Lucarelli International Oboe Competition and a participant at the 1994 Spoleto Festival in Italy. He made his Tokyo recital debut in 1997, followed by another recital with pianist Christoph Eschenbach at Sapporo's 1998 Pacific Music Festival. A native of Tokyo, Mr. Wakao received his performance diploma from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with New York Philharmonic principal oboe Joseph Robinson. While a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he worked with Alfred Genovese and Ralph Gomberg. A talented teacher, Mr. Wakao founded the annual Keisuke Wakao Oboe Camp in Tokyo in 1988 and is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music. Recently, Keisuke Wakao played principal oboe with the Super World Orchestra in Japan and has also  served as artistic director of the Daikanyama Hillside Terrace Music Festival.

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Keisuke Wakao Plays Bach, Mozart, Britten and Prokofiev (2003)

Bach, Mozart, Britten, Prokofiev

Keisuke Wakao

Cables: van der Hul
Digital Converters: DCS
Microphones: Schoeps
Producer: Everett Porter
Recording Engineer: Everett Porter
Recording location: Mechanics Hall, Worcester Massachusetts
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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PTC5186018: Keisuke Wakao Plays Bach, Mozart, Britten and Prokofiev
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I. Allegro
Bach
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II. Rondo - Tempo di Minuetto
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I. Allegro
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II. Adagio
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III. Rondeau: Allegro
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Phantasy Op. 2 for Oboe and String Trio
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I. Tema: Moderato - Variation I - L'istesso tempo - Variation II: Vivace
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II. Andante energico
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III. Allegro sostenuto, ma con brio
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IV. Adagio pesante
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V. Allegro precipitato, ma non troppo presto
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VI. Andantino
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"Adagio from the ""Easter Oratorio"" BWV 249 for Oboe and Strings"
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