Album: Jeremy Polmear, Stephen Stirling, Richard Saxel, Music for Oboe, Horn and Piano (Oboe Classics)

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Oboe, horn and piano is a rare but oddly beguiling blend of timbres, albeit a combination mostly avoided by composers, perhaps due to the difficulty resolving the contrasts of instrumental colour and character.

But it can be richly rewarding, as demonstrated here by Polmear, Stirling and Saxel with a programme ranging from a piece transposed from Mozart's Horn Quintet to 20th-century works by Paul Basler and Jean-Michel Damase. Most engaging of all is "Air Arabe" by H Molbe (pseudonym of a Bach presumably seeking his own identity), a slow, Romantic waltz of wistful tone and lightness of touch.

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