Krommer: Oboe Concertos Nos 1 and 2; Hummel: Introduction, Theme, and Variations – Alex Klein (oboe), Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor
This CD of oboe concertos breathes fresh life into music of two composers of the classical era, whose reputations once rivalled those of their contemporaries Mozart and Beethoven.
‘It’s surprising how much musical merit these seldom-played works contain, though Klein probably could wring music from a phone directory. Full of jaw-dropping technical feats, these performances also showcase the sheer beauty of tone that is Klein’s unique voice.’
The Seattle Times
‘Alex Klein has a tone so sweet and delicate that you could snap it up between your fingers… This is a wonderful disc.’
American Record Guide