05. August 2014 · Comments Off on Robert Walters and Mingjia Liu · Categories: IDRS2014, Recital

I’m waiting for the recital to begin … one I definitely wanted to attend! Mingjia plays principal oboe in San Francisco opera and he’s a great musician … and he’s nice, too! I’ve not met Robert Walters, but I’m familiar with his fine playing and I’m pretty sure he’s one fine instructor.

They began with a duet not printed in the program. It is one I’ve played, but sure can’t remember what it is. Wonderful!

Mingjia is now playing the Britten Metamorphosis. I just love his sound. What a fine, fine musician.

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And really, did someone have a phone alarm set for 4:30 and did it go off during Niobe? Grumble.

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Next up an oboe and English horn duet by Alec Wilder. What a nice little work. If I did recitals these days I think it would be a fun one to do.

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Movements weren’t listed for the Wilder duet so no one applauded at the end. No one wants to be the one who applauds at the wrong time. Too funny.

Now it’s a Wilder work for English horn and piano, with Robert Walters on English horn. Again a work I don’t know. I like it!

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Mr. Walters just had the pianist lower the lid. I’m glad, as it was just a bit too heavy. (That should have been done at the morning recitals as well.) This Wilder is lovely.

Come to think about it, I wonder if this is on the Frank Sinatra conducts Alec Wilder (yes … really!) CD I have. Mitch Miller is the oboe/English horn player on that recording. Again … really! I think that was with strings, though. Now I’m going to have to pull that out.

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I had to wait to write about the final work, Britten’s Temporal Variations. Mingia played it, and it was simply amazing. It was done with projected visuals on a screen behind, and while it was amazing, it was also chilling. Terribly chilling. As it should be. (When one sees images of Hitler and all one shouldn’t feel comfortable.)

At the end the audience was silent.

Again, as it should be.

What a concert.

05. August 2014 · Comments Off on And so it begins … · Categories: IDRS2014, Ramble

I’ve attended one recital and I’m waiting for the next. This second one is Jennet Ingle’s and I’ve conversed with her online a bit so this should be fun! I always enjoy meeting and hearing people in real life when I’ve met them online.

I arrived late to the first recital: it’s taking me a while to figure out where I am here! The oboist, Minkyu Yoon, was excellent. I’ll post more about it when I have more time and feel like my brain is functioning better. Perhaps I’ll find links to players later as well.

For now I’m hitting publish and hoping this works. I couldn’t post anything from my phone, which was odd.

Ed room 303

05. August 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

In my house it’s oboe, saxophone, and French horn. Good thing my room’s on the other side of the house.

(When I was growing up it was flute, oboe, trombone and bassoon. Plus piano at times.)