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Orchestral Excerpts for the English horn

by Julie Ann Giacobassi

A contemporary master of the English horn plays and discusses 22 of the most haunting and beautiful English horn solos in the classical orchestral repertoire - a "must have" for any aspiring English horn player.
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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1. Anton Dvorak: Symphony No. 9
2:57 album only
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2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata No. 1
4:40 album only
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3. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthews Passion #60
2:58 album only
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4. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthews Passion #66
1:13 album only
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5. Hector Berlioz: Rob Roy Overture
3:57 album only
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6. Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
3:55 album only
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7. Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
4:06 album only
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8. Claude Debussy: La Mer
4:20 album only
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9. Claude Debussy: Nocturnes
4:25 album only
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10. Manuel De Falla: Three Cornered Hat
1:58 album only
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11. Maurice Ravel: Concerto in G
4:30 album only
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12. Maurice Ravel: Ma Mere l'Oye
2:20 album only
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13. Maurice Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnol
1:14 album only
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14. Ottorino Respeghi: Pines of Rome
1:30 album only
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15. Joaquin Rodrigo: Concerto de Aranjuez
1:59 album only
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16. Gioachino Rossini: William Tell Overture
3:18 album only
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17. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8
4:42 album only
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18. Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
2:00 album only
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19. Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
4:22 album only
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20. Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps
3:34 album only
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21. Giuseppe Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera
2:18 album only
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22. Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
4:55 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Julie Ann Giacobassi (b.1949), English horn player of the San Francisco Symphony since 1981, has been hailed as "an English horn genius" and "exceptional by any standard" by the San Francisco Examiner, and as a performer with "exquisite" and "silvery grace" by the San Francisco Chronicle. Conductor Herbert Blomstedt called her "a great artist and a great soul." Ms. Giacobassi began piano lessons with her mother at the age of five. Nine years later, she was attracted to the oboe and began studying with oboist Gail Warnaar in Muskegon, Michigan. Ms. Giacobassi continued her oboe studies with Florian Mueller at the University of Michigan, where she received her BA in 1971. Intending to make teaching a career, she moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, taught oboe at three colleges, and played principal oboe with the Shreveport Symphony. She made the change to full-time performance a year later when she moved to Washington, DC. It was during her ten years of freelancing at the Kennedy Center and her work with English horn player Richard White that she was drawn to the English horn. By the time she joined the San Francisco Symphony, she had made the English horn her primary instrument.

Ms. Giacobassi spends much of her free time promoting new works for the English horn and the oboe d'amore, and performing chamber music that features these instruments. Her premieres include solo and chamber music by Eric Ewazen, Richard Felciano, Deborah Kavasch, John Marvin, Harold Schiffman and John Thow. In 1994, Ms. Giacobassi, along with conductor Alasdair Neale and the San Francisco Symphony, presented the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis's Colored Field for English horn and orchestra, commissioned for her by Hugh and Eugenie Taylor. Following those performances, Ms. Giacobassi and the SFS recorded Colored Field for Argo, and in 1996 that recording was honored with the Diapason d'or, awarded by the French music publication Diapason Harmonie. Both the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner rated Colored Field in the top five classical music highlights of 1994. Music Critic Joshua Kosman wrote, "The piece was written to show off Giacobassi's particular skills, especially her talent for shaping melodic lines with dark-hued eloquence, and it does so splendidly. Her performance was as vibrant, as serenely shapely and as precise as anyone could desire."

Other solo performances with the SFS have included the premiere of John Thow's concerto for English horn and orchestra Bellini Sky, Copland's Quiet City, Honneger's Concerto da Camera, Farberman's Shapings, and Telemann's Concerto for Oboe d'amore.

Also available on CDBaby is her CD: Julie Ann Giacobassi, English Horn & Oboe d'amore, recorded on the Fish Creek Music label with colleagues from the San Francisco Symphony. This CD includes solo and chamber works written for her by Eric Ewazen, Richard Felciano, John Marvin and John Thow. Her transcription for English horn of the Bach Cello Suites has been published by Fish Creek Music. Other recordings include Harold Schiffman's Concerto for Oboe d'amore, with Matyas Antal and the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra for North/South Records. Ms. Giacobassi can be heard on the Philips, London, Nonesuch, BMG and the SFS Media recordings of the San Francisco Symphony.

This CD was recorded by Colin Farish of Stillwater Sound in the Post Chapel on the Presidio, near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It is a lovely old building with great vibes and lots of city sounds, including the wobbly "D" foghorn located at Alcatraz Island on the San Francisco Bay. Ms. Giacobassi is accompanied on this CD by San Francisco Symphony Principal Oboist William Bennett and San Francisco Symphony Principal Harpist Douglas Rioth. She plays a Laubin English horn with Lickman bocal.

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