Oh my goodness! This video made me fall in love with the oboe/english horn all over again!!! If geese could sing like angels, they would sound like this. If the first variation is too slow or boring for your taste, just skip forward to the spunky parts. ;)
I played The Moldau a lot in high school, or at least it seemed like I did. I was in and out of San Jose Youth Symphony (for some reason I never really got completely connected to a youth symphony until I joined PACO in my senior year) and if I recall correctly SJYS did The Moldau a lot. I liked it then. Later I thought it was so darn “ho-hum” and didn’t appreciate it any longer. Dan and I were talking about it the other day, and how it has come back to us in a different way and how much we now appreciate it. Funny how that goes.
Here’s an arrangement I’m sure you’ve never heard before, played on glass harp by Robert Tiso. It’s quite beautiful!
One of the reasons The Moldau has returned to my “yes list” is due, I must confess, to Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life, a movie I fell in love with.