14. August 2014 · Comments Off on Dring Trio · Categories: Videos

I have always loved playing this work. The second movement always tugs at my heart. I was delighted to find a new YouTube video that includes Adrienne Malley on oboe: she is not only a fine player, but a very fun person to work with.

Bravi tutti!

Madeleine Dring: Trio for flute, oboe, and piano

Frequency 49:
Carmen Lemoine, flute
Adrienne Malley, oboe
Margaret Halbig, piano

Recorded Live at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on July 21, 2014

14. August 2014 · Comments Off on Poulenc Sonata with Liang Wang · Categories: Listen, Oboe

Liang Wang, Principal Oboe, New York Philharmonic
Pascal Roge, Piano

14. August 2014 · Comments Off on Frans Brüggen 1934-2014 · Categories: Losses

Frans Brüggen,who has died aged 79, was a Dutch recorder player, conductor and musicologist who brought the recorder out of the classroom and into the concert hall as a serious musical instrument.
In his early days he would play anything that he felt might sound good on the recorder — “which included, for better or worse, [tunes from] symphonies by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven”.
Later Brüggen explored more carefully how the instrument was used in the baroque era, while pushing for its acceptance as a modern instrument — including commissioning works from composers such as Louis Andriessen and Luciano Berio (notably Gesti, which tests the performer’s powers of control and interpretation). Indeed, Berio once described Brüggen as “a musician who is not an archaeologist but a great artist”.
Along the way Brüggen founded the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, spearheading the move away from the luscious accounts of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven that had become popular in the first half of the 20th century and towards a realisation of how the music would have sounded during the composers’ lifetimes.

(I just have to laugh at the crossed legs!)

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

my rap name is oboe couch