Albrecht Mayer plays Bach

Portrait of the German oboist

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Albrecht Mayer — Oboist

Gustavo Dudamel — Conductor

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A portrait of one of the world's leading oboists, Albrecht Mayer – with numerous concert footages!

Albrecht Mayer is assuredly one of the most sought-after musician on the contemporary musical scene. Yet, his instrument is not the piano, the violin nor even the flute which are all well-established instruments in the public's heart. The oboe however, this mellow instrument which evokes pastoral atmospheres, is an instrument for which Johann Sebastian Bach composed some of the most beautiful melodic lines. Since the 1990's, when Albrecht Mayer embarked on his professional career with a first appointment at the Bamberger Symphoniker, and later on as solo oboist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he has succeeded in giving to his instrument a greater recognition. Keen as well to explore the intimate world of chamber music, Albrecht Mayer has performed with such partners as Thomas Quasthoff, Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes, on the top of his activities as permanent member of the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble.

This portrait of the oboist includes various performances of works by Bach, including the Sinfonia from the cantata "I am standing with one foot in the grave" BWV 156, performed under Gustavo Dudamel's baton. All the concert footages are moments of sheer music thanks to Albrecht Mayer's miraculous sound and vrtuosity. As some have put it up, in Albrecht Mayer's hands, a oboe turns into "an instrument of seduction."

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