The latest in HÄnssler's "Faszinationmusik" line of Southwest German Radio recordings, this set of broadcast performances taped from 1982-97 goes beyond its mildly generic title to offer some r

The latest in Hänssler's "Faszinationmusik" line of Southwest German Radio recordings, this set of broadcast performances taped from 1982-97 goes beyond its mildly generic title to offer some ravishing and rarely heard music. The disc indeed features masterpieces for oboe but not the usual suspects, instead ranging far and wide—from Frenchman Charles Koechlin's post-Ravelian Nine Movements for Oboe and Piano (1942) and Richard Strauss' nostalgic Oboe Concerto ('45) to Bernd Alois Zimmerman's acerbic Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra ('52) and Benjamin Britten's orchestration of "The Lute Song" from his opera Gloriana ('54). Celebrating 30 years with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony this spring is soloist Lajos Lencsés, who negotiates the varying idioms with lyrical aplomb. Among many highly accessible, alluring moments here are the songful slow items in the Koechlin set and the gravely beautiful Britten piece. The German Hänssler label is distributed in the U.S. by Collegium and in the U.K. by Select.—BB