18. March 2011 · Comments Off on Going for Baroque … I hope! · Categories: Ramble, Reviews

I have this idea that I’d like to learn Baroque oboe at some point. When I was younger I really couldn’t stand the sound of the Baroque oboe. Somehow my ears have changed. Hmm. Did they just grow up? I wonder! I have a friend who has recently said the same thing; she too, when she retires, is thinking of learning the instrument. Gee, maybe we’ll retire close together and form a little ensemble. (Yeah, right … lazy me?!)

Meanwhile, I enjoy the wealth that is on YouTube. I absolutely love Baroque music. I absolutely love early music groups.

And now I’m listening to a CD that was just sent to me for review. NOT that I know much about how this should be played, but I’m certainly enjoying ALLA LUCE: Music of Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger by Chatham Baroque, despite the fact that there are no oboes to be found on the CD. The group is composed of three members: Andrew Fouts on baroque violin, Patricia Halverson on viola da gamba and Scott Pauley on theorbo and baroque guitar, but the CD also includes guests artist including some voices and a variety of other instruments. It’s really quite lovely! And that is probably the extent of my “review” for you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m not a reviewer. I listen to music. I listen to enjoy. And I truly do enjoy this new CD (many thanks to Chatham Baroque for sending it my way!).

Here’s a video of the trio:

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