07. June 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

I am rarely disappointed by SPCO concerts. However, on Friday, May 27, at the Ordway, I, along with anyone else in attendance who would render their opinion to me, felt that the two pieces for oboe were awful.

Yes, oboist Heinz Holliger did showcase his virtuosity on music written for him but this did not make it great music for an audience. More disturbing was the review of this performance written by Rob Hubbard for the Pioneer Press. Was Mr. Hubbard in the same Ordway as the rest of us or was his mission to simply provide plaudits to the SPCO and Mr. Holliger when not deserved?

William Lipkin, St. Paul

I read it here.

Of course I had to look up the works after reading that letter! Holliger played Elliott Carter’s Oboe Concerto and Frank Martin’s Three Dances for Oboe, Harp, String Quintet and String Orchestra.

This is why we can’t program modern music all that easily; listeners frequently hate ‘em. I love how he can’t imagine that the reviewer could possibly like the works.

I couldn’t find the Frank Martin on YouTube, but I found this work by him:

The Eliot Carter can be found on YouTube. Here’s the first part of it, with Nicholas Daniel on oboe. I will confess it’s not a fave of mine, but I’m not willing to call it “awful”.

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