10. November 2010 · Comments Off on You Tube Masterclass · Categories: Videos, YTSO

It appears that there are a number of professionals getting involved in the masterclass videos this year.

Francesco Pomarico, Primo oboe dell’Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai

Earlier posts:
Christoph Hartman (Rossini/Strauss/Tchaik)
Diana Doherty (Tchaik 4)
Two takes on the Mozart Oboe Concerto (Hartman and Doherty)
Diana Doherty (oboe: Rossini & Strauss)
Christine Pendril (English horn: Dvorak)

I don’t understand why these sites I’ve linked to below exist, but I sometime check to see who lands here and why, and occasionally — okay, actually very rarely — I find a link from one of these places. Here are a couple:

Classical Music Matters
Chamber Musician Today
Instant Encore Buzz

Now the “why” of all this isn’t all that clear to me. Do these people put these things together so they don’t have to blog, but have lots of content? Do they do it because they were reading all of these blogs themselves and thought it would be fun to put together a site? Do they get income off of all of our writing somehow? I honestly don’t know! I guess I don’t mind them posting my blog entries. One asked permission. The others did not. Since being on them my hits haven’t changed, so they aren’t bringing me many, if any, visitors. I do wish that all of them would only post a portion and send them over here. They do provide a link to my blog, but some feature the entire entry so I might not get the reader to check out the blog — egotistical of me to even wish for that, I know! — but we can’t always get what we wish for, eh?


10. November 2010 · Comments Off on Wow · Categories: Reviews

When is a review not a review, I wonder?

Does this qualify?

Last Friday Carpenter made his way Upstate from his home in New York City for a concert at Ithaca College. Unfortunately, I had to do my own gig in the Big Apple that same day. Perhaps Carpenter and I passed each other on I-81 in the Poconos. I imagined him in a brilliant white Volkswagen Bug glittering with sequins racing through the still-brown hills, but there was nothing even close to that level of flash and dash on the interstate. Perhaps this revolutionary was transported to his destination in a sealed car.
While I’ve already admitted that I wasn’t even at the concert, I offer this virtual review of Carpenter’s Ithaca appearance, or better a report on its reception among a pair of music lovers dear to my heart: my two daughters, Elizabeth and Cecilia, ages ten and twelve respectively. They’d been taken to the concert by their mother, Annette Richards, the Cornell University organist. It is from children that the truth, musical or otherwise, is most likely to emerge. They’ve heard recitals and services by their parents on organs across North America and Europe, from the electronic travesty in the Christian Science church at the bottom of our street to the great Silberman organ from 1755 in the Catholic Cathedral in Dresden.
Call it a new genre: the review by hearsay.
On my return to Ithaca on Saturday I got home just as the kids were getting back from a walk with the dog. I asked them about the concert. They’d seen the YouTube clip a couple of times and from it had gained a sense of the Carpenter persona. So on the evening of the concert they were disappointed to see Carpenter greeting concertgoers at the entrance to the hall not in his trademark white body suit but in black t-shirt and jeans. But they liked the idea of meeting the virtual virtuoso beforehand in the flesh. Indeed, the disappointment at seeing him in somber black only made his eventual appearance on the stage a few minutes later in his concert rig all the more exciting.


10. November 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: FBQD

I cant play the oboe, I give up

10. November 2010 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: English horn, For Your Listening Enjoyment, Oboe, Videos

A. Wranitzky (1761-1820)
Trio for two oboes and English horn

Musicians: Jaime Gonzalez and Lucas Macias Navarro, oboes; Hansjorg Schellenberger, English horn

For many, a [wood]wind quintet conjures up visions of beer garden oom-pah-pah or high school band practice.

Hmmm. I’ve never really gone to either of those places when I think of a WWQ.

10. November 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

English horn= constipated oboe.

10. November 2010 · Comments Off on Léon Goosens · Categories: Oboe, Videos

Here are videos about the oboist Léon Goosens. It appears they were put up by his grandchild. The sound of the playing is not great, but that’s what happens with these older recordings.

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Part Four:

Here is a recording of him playing the first movement Mozart Oboe Quartet: