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CHAN 7132
The Goossens Family

The Goossens Family

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2000

Originally recorded in 1999

Artists:

Bournemouth Sinfonietta


Norman Del Mar


Marie Goossens

harp

Sidonie Goossens

harp

Leon Goossens

oboe

David Lloyd

piano*

Fitzwilliam String Quartet



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Brian Couzens



Record Label
Enchant

Genre:

Chamber


Woodwind

Total Time - 60:50
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

(1685-1750)
1 

Sinfonia from the 'Easter Oratorio'

5:23
   
 

LORD J.P. SOMERS-COCKS

(1907-1998)
2 

Sketch No. 1 from 'Three Sketches'

2:44
   
 

WALTER STANTON

(1891-1978)
3 

Chanson pastorale from 'Two Pieces'

3:54
   
 

ALAN RICHARDSON

(1904-1978)
4 

Scherzino*

1:56
   
 

SIR GEORGE HENSCHEL

(1850-1934)
5 

Shepherd's Lament*

5:34
   
 

THOMAS PITFIELD

(1903-1999)
6 

Rondo lirico*

2:45
   
 

HERBERT HUGHES

(1882-1937)
7 

Bard of Armagh*

3:55
   
 

THOMAS DUNHILL

(1877-1946)
8 

Romance from 'Three Short Pieces', Op. 81

2:45
   
 

WILLIAM BOYCE

(1711-1779)
9 

Matelotte*

2:53
   
 

GERALD FINZI

(1901-1956)
10 

Interlude for Oboe and String Quartet

12:21
   
 

MICHAEL KREIN

11 

Serenade for Oboe and Two Harps

4:23
   
 

MORGAN NICHOLAS

(1903-1983)
  transcribed by Marie Goossens  
12 

Melody

3:10
   
 

MAX SAUNDERS

13 

A Cotswold Pastoral

5:07
   
 

EDWARD ELGAR

(1857-1934)
  orch. Gordon Jacob  
14 

Soliloquy for Oboe and Orchestra

4:00
A recording of one of the finest oboists who ever lived.

A whole disc of Leon Goossens which also features two other members of this astonishingly musical family, Marie and Sidonie (harp), as well as pianist David Lloyd, the Fitzwilliam Quartet, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Norman Del Mar.

This recording was made after Goossens’s serious car accident in which his mouth was severely damaged. Despite successful surgery he had no feeling in his lower lip and it is a miracle that he could still play the oboe, even more so that he remained one of the world’s premiere players.

Originally released in 1978, the glowing sound on this recording has benefited from 24-bit digital remastering and is available at mid-price.


Leon Goossens was induced to play the oboe. There was no pressure put on him: he was simply involved in a well-laid plan to make the oboe his natural choice. It was a very subtle scheme carefully worked out by his father, conductor of the Carl Rosa Orchestra. The young boy would be taken to the opera to watch his father conduct, whereupon an assistant conductor would sit by his side and quietly nudge him every time the oboe made an entry. So inevitably the oboe came to be the most familiar of all the instruments and the most endearing.

When Goossens began oboe lessons in 1908 it was a low point in British oboe playing and he did not have the role-models he expected. As soon as Leon Goossens heard the Belgian oboist De Busscher play, however, he recognised that it was the example he had longed for. From this time onwards there were new standards to emulate, and the basic principles of the Belgian school became absorbed and were then transformed into a unique approach to the oboe. Thus when De Busscher left for the USA in 1916, it was inevitable that his place should be taken by Leon Goossens, even though he was just sixteen.

It was after the war that the public and critics became aware of his unique talents, and before long he was being saluted as the greatest oboe player in the world. It was the glorious singing nature of his playing that won him such praise, a masterly combination of faultless phrasing, subtle nuances and a ravishing tone.


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