Crystal Records — Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, Oboe

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CD729: Mist Over the Lake. Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, Oboe. Arthur Bliss: Conversations; Pierre-Max Dubois: Ballade Medievale; Amilcare Ponchielli: Capriccio; Leone Sinigaglia: Twelve Variations on a Theme by Franz Schubert; Napoléon Coste: Three Pieces; Joao Guilherme Ripper, Kinderszenen; Patrick Stoyanovich: Seven Short Pieces; Jan Freidlin: Mist Over the Lake.  UPC 009414772923     BUY NOW

With Rhian Kenny, flute; Andrés Cárdenes, violin; Paul Silver, viola; David Premo, cello; Marina diPretoro, piano; James Ferla, guitar.  This CD features premiere recordings of exciting contemporary works as well as beautiful pieces from past periods.

DeAlmeida’s tone is wonderfully variegated, her phrasing is supple, and her musical insights are unfailingly illuminating. Her apt repertoire choices provide her with a fine playground on which to display her musical assets.” Fanfare, July/August 2006

“Ms. DeAlmeida has been headmistress of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1991, and is hands down one of the best players in the world. Her sound is pliable, soft, but with a lot of strength underneath – a very American quality, and I love it. This recital gathers music both contemporary and older, all of it very fine and listenable.” American Record Guide, July/August 2006

Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida became principal oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony in September 1991. For two years prior to this she was associate principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Since joining the Pittsburgh Symphony, she has been featured as soloist in concertos by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Strauss, and Vaughan Williams. In 1993 the Pittsburgh Symphony commissioned a concerto for DeAlmeida by Leonardo Balada, which she recorded with the orchestra and Lorin Maazel for New World Records. She can also be heard in André Previn’s Sonata for Oboe, Bassoon, and Pianowith Nancy Goeres and André Previn on Crystal Records CD870.
DeAlmeida received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Arno Mariotti, and a Master of Music degree from Temple University in Philadelphia as a student of Richard Woodhams. She has been a faculty member of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California since 2002. In Pittsburgh she teaches at Carnegie Mellon Universityand is the Coordinator of the Woodwind Department. She has given master classes in the United States, Europe, the Far East, and South America, and is a frequent guest artist at the annual convention of the International Double Reed Society.
In November 2003, DeAlmeida was featured on national television on the CBS “Early Show” in a story relating to the oboe and its remarkable health benefits for asthma sufferers. This has led to her affiliation with the American Respiratory Alliance.

“Her mellifluous timbre is also an asset in the modern and/or contemporary peices, The variety of styles and of scoring on this disc makes it one of the most enjoyable of recent woodwind recitals. Sound is excellent.” Fanfare (Phillip Scott)

CD825 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown. (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)
Wunderer:  Sonata in B minor   I. Andante   II. Tempo giusto   III. Adagio ma non troppo   IV. Presto    Reinecke:  Trio in A minor   I. Allegro moderato   II. Scherzo: Molto vivace   III. Adagio   IV. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo    Arnold: Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello   I. Allegro non troppo   II. Allegretto   III. Vivace con brio    Moricz:  Three Consequences for Four Players  I. Allegro deciso   II. Valse lente   III. Allegro giocoso



CD825 – SILVER and GOLD, Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, Oboe; Noah Bendix-Balgley/var/folders/rn/x61_rqpx68g63_gyw49rr52w0000gn/T/; Meng Wang, Viola; William Caballero, Horn; David Premo, Cello; Marina Schmidt Lupinacci, Piano; Rodrigo Ojeda, Piano.
         Alexander Wunderer, Sonata in B minor for Oboe and Piano, op. 3; Carl Reinecke, Trio in A minor for Oboe, Horn, and Piano, op. 188; Malcolm Arnold, Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello, op. 61; Michael Moricz, Three Consequences for Four Players (Oboe, Horn, Cello, Piano).  UPC 009414782526    

Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida has been principal oboe with the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1991. All the players on this CD are or were principals in the Pittsburgh Symphony. Noah Bendix-Balgley was recently appointed First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. DeAlmeida was called “hands down one of the best players in the world” in a review in the American Record Guide of her first Crystal solo CD. Of this new CD, Gramophone writes DeAlmeida, principal oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony, is a poetic artist who teams beautifully with superb orchestra colleagues...they perform so expressively.” American Record Guide writes “Her beautiful sound, fluid technique, and fine sense of phrasing brings the whole project together.”


“Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida is a soloist of immense technique and considerable charm, plus first class musical judgement” Fanfare 


DeAlmeida has been prinicipal oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1991.  This fact leads one to expect much of her, and that expectation is not disappointed: You will not hear a getter oboist at work today”...Fanfare (Raymond Tuttle) July/August 2016


“Cynthia Koledo DeALmeida is—let us say it up front—a remarkable oboist. Her playing... is always notable for its technical perfection, beauty of tone, and unforced eloquence.” Fanfare (Ronald E. Grames) July/August 2016


“Despite its title of  Silver and Gold, almost everything is golden about this disc.”  Fanfare (Colin Clarke) July/August2016


DeAlmeida is a poetic artist who teams beautifully with superb orchestra colleagues and sensitive Pianists” Gramophone


CD825 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown. (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)
Wunderer:  Sonata in B minor
   Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV    Reinecke:  Trio in A minor   Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV    Arnold: Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello   Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III    Moricz:  Three Consequences for Four Players  Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III



/var/folders/rn/x61_rqpx68g63_gyw49rr52w0000gn/T/ 25th Anniversary, International Double Reed Society. Andre Previn: Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon (1994); Jean Francaix: Trio pour Hautbois, Basson et Piano (1994); Heitor Villa-Lobos: Duo pour Hautbois et Basson (1957); Gioacchino Rossini: Six Arias from the Barber of Seville (arr. Gebauer
This CD demonstrates the superb artistry and virtuosity of today’s double reed professionals. Performing are some of the best oboists and bassoonists in the world: 
John Mack (first oboe, Cleveland Orchestra), David McGill (first bassoon, Chicago Symphony), Alex Klein (first oboe, Chicago Symphony), George Sakakeeny (Professor, Oberlin Conservatory, formerly principal bassoon, New Japan Philharmonic of Tokyo), Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida (first oboe, Pittsburgh Symphony), Nancy Goeres (first bassoon, Pittsburgh Symphony), Stefano Canuti and Sergio Azzolini (bassoonists major Italian orchestras). With Andre Previn, Piano, and Elizabeth De Mio, Piano. UPC 009414787026 


Sound samples (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear approximately one minute of the movement shown. 
Francaix Trio:  Mvt 1 (Adagio)  Mvt 2 (Resolute)  Mvt 3 (Andante)  Mvt 4 (Finale)    Rossini Arias:  Mvt 1 (Ecco ridente)  Mvt 2 (Largo)  Mvt 3 (Una voce)  Mvt 4 (Dunque)  Mvt 5 (Zitti zitti)  Mvt 6 (Felice innesto)    Villa-Lobos Duo:  Mvt 1 (Allegro)  Mvt 2 (Lento)  Mvt 3 (Allegro vivace)    Previn Trio:  Mvt 1 (Lively)  Mvt 2 (Slow)  Mvt 3 (Jaunty)

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