Thanks all very much for your replies. Will make sure to delve into those suggestions.
In the meantime, I thought it was only fair to give my own contribution to the thread with a suggestion.
Heinz Holliger, Maurice Bourge, Maria Teresa Garatti and I Musici - Albinoni: 6 Oboe Concertos
My father was an oboist (he doesn't play anymore), and this cd was always playing in the car and at home when I was younger. I always appreciated the melodies of baroque music, but perhaps because I grew up listening to the oboe, I do have an affinity with the tone that the instrument produces. I really appreciate the taught and smooth midtone (edit: holy sh*t I sound like a headphone reviewer XD, just remedying that immediately), its emotive range. It doesn't show through recorded music, and I guess it's the same with any instrument, but when played live and close up, the sound really resonates through you.
The other musicians and the I Musici group are also excellent.
Regarding the music it's very melancholy, and downright sad in places, but always melodic. My memories tied up with the music make that mood even more poignant.
I hope you enjoy if you manage to get an opportunity to listen to it.
Edited by SunTanScanMan - 4/9/14 at 4:57pm