(We rented one from Forrests and I got to play it when we did this work.)

Orchestra on the hunt for special oboe

A New Zealand orchestra is hunting around the world for a rare woodwind instrument ahead of its season opening next week.

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will kick off the year with a performance of Gustav Holst’s suite The Planets but has had trouble finding a bass oboe for the piece.

An octave lower than the regular oboe and about twice the size, the bass oboe has few works composed for it.

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Two reviews are in so far. Both are quite positive. Not only that … I was mentioned! What fun to read that, although I don’t feel tremendously heroic.

There are numerous heroes in the pit, too, including flutist Isabelle Chapuis and oboist Patricia Emerson Mitchell, who beautifully executed the solos composed by Weiser for those instruments.

—Richard Scheinin

(Found here)

The other review, by Joshua Kosman, can be seen here.

I really love this opera, and it appears others are enjoying it as well. I have a few solos, and I think the work is quite well written for oboe. That being said, it is NOT an easy work to play, and I have to keep my energy up throughout.