09. November 2023 · Comments Off on This Site is not Oboe Only · Categories: Listen

I absolutely love Lea Desandre and Thomas Dunford, and this particular video includes Bruno Philippe on cello as well. And I’m just in awe. If Hahn’s À Chloris doesn’t hit you like it hits me … well … I guess we won’t connect all that well! (It’s possible I’ve posted this before. But if so I think it’s well worth a re-share!)

16. March 2023 · Comments Off on Peace, Love, Tenderness · Categories: Listen

I really need to remember to do this.

“Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.”
Isaac Penington, 1667
Quaker faith & practice

08. April 2022 · Comments Off on Ah, Baroque Oboe! · Categories: Baroque, Listen, Oboe

When I was in high school I heard a Baroque oboe and cringed. I simply couldn’t stand the sound.

Now? Well now I adore it.

I’m not sure what bothered me then, and I am not certain what makes it hit my heart now. I only know I’ve changed. The sound is just so lovely …

From the YouTube page:
Johann Melchior Molter
Concerto for oboe in a
Badische Landesbibliothek Karlsruhe Concertos- Mus. Hs. 300

0:00 I. Allegro
3:07 II. Largo
5:14 III. Allegro

Musica Gloria
Nele Vertommen & Beniamino Paganini

Nele Vertommen – oboe
Elise Dupont – violin
Pietro Battistoni – violin
Lena Rademann – viola
Phyllis Bartholomeus – cello
Beniamino Paganini – harpsichord

Thomas Langlois – recording supervisor
Rachel Perfecto & Jakob De Vreese – video recording cameras
Peter Van Wonterghem – sound engineer
Nele Vertommen & Beniamino Paganini – sound editing
Beniamino Paganini – sound recording & video editing

Hollands College Leuven (B) – 11 December 2021

With many thanks to LozerCultureel

14. March 2022 · Comments Off on Katherine Needleman & Mekhi Gladden play Bartok · Categories: English horn, Listen, Oboe · Tags: , , ,

(Hat tip to Bob Hubbard for bringing this to my attention.)

Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
arr. Katherine Needleman
Duos for Oboe and English Horn

New Year’s Greeting No. 2 0:05
New Year’s Greeting No. 3 0:46
New Year’s Greeting No. 4. 1:38
Serbian Dance 2:20
Harvest Song. 3:13
Limping Dance 4:43
Arabian Song 5:11
A Fairy Tale 6:32
Teasing Song 7:47
Comic Song 8:15
Bride’s Farewell 9:00
Ruthenian Kolomejka 10:32

Katherine Needleman, oboe
Mekhi Gladden, English horn / cor anglais

This is a live performance from An Die Musik in Baltimore on March 5, 2022. This arrangement can be acquired at katherineneedleman.com/publications

08. October 2021 · Comments Off on Ah, Bach! · Categories: English horn, Listen, Oboe, Videos

These two, Diana Doherty and Alexandre Oguey, are a married couple, playing in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This is just a wonderful way to start my day and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The start of the video is such fun, and the music making is glorious!

10. January 2021 · Comments Off on Beautiful! · Categories: Listen

When SO many of us oboists are asked what string instrument we’d choose cello is the response. Well … there’s THIS …! She chose and plays it!

Premier mouvement de la sonate en trio HWV385
de Georg Friedrich Haendel
(écrite pour deux hautbois et basse continue)

Hautbois et violoncelle :
Mathilde Lebert,
hautbois solo de l’Orchestre National de France

And why not?! (Really, doing the opening on those low clarinets … quite lovely! Who knew I’d say something like THAT in my lifetime?)

I’m not sure how many times I’ve played the English horn solo, but it’s a lot. I’m going to guess I’ll never play it again, but who knows for sure?

Be sure and WATCH as well as listen … it’s fun!

William Tell Overture for Wind Ensemble

03. August 2020 · 2 comments · Categories: Listen

I worry for the winds in Seoul, but I hope they are being very careful and know what they are doing. (Maybe things are much better in Korea.) But oh this speaks to my heart, and a part of me would love to just say goodbye and not just goodnight with this. But I’m sure I’ll be back … it just feels, sometimes, as if everything is ending.

From the YouTube page:
Brought together by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic build a musical bridge across the globe to bring you this one-of-a-kind collaborative edition of Edward Elgar’s sublime Nimrod from the Enigma Variations.

“I believe strongly that music enables each of us to share our emotions both alone and together, and it can elicit feelings like grief, hope, faith in a better future and love,” says Vänskä. “Nimrod by Edward Elgar brings to my mind all of those emotions when I am conducting or listening to it, and I am convinced that all the players on the video are also sharing the same thoughts literally across the globe, from Minneapolis to Seoul. We all wish you strength, hope and peace.”

https://minnesotaorchestra.org/
https://www.seoulphil.or.kr/

13. November 2019 · Comments Off on Goodnight · Categories: Listen

O Du Stille Zeit
Text: Joseph v. Eichendorff (1788-1857)
Musik: Cesar Bresgen (1913-1988)

4ME Acapella

(My German is long gone so I don’t know much about what they are saying at the end.)

I always enjoy this group. They are pretty amazing. Watching them communicate with each other is great, listening to their musicality makes me marvel. Bravi tutti, Carion! (And note that Mark Chudnow, though his first name is misspelled, gets a mention below!)

A.Vivaldi / J.S.Bach: Concerto in D-minor, III. Allegro – Carion Wind Quintet

From YouTube:
Dora Seres SERES, flute
Egils Upatnieks, oboe
Egils Sefers, clarinet
David M.A.P.Palmquist, horn
Niels Anders Vedsten Larsen, bassoon

As featured on Carion’s ” The Carnival of Venice” program, that includes works by Buonamente, Briccialdi, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Stravinsky, Paganini and Cavalli

Instrumentarium for this recording:

Flute – 18 carat gold Muramatsu flute with 14 carat gold mechanics
Oboe – Lorée Royal, Chiarugi and Marc Chudnow brass staples, handmade reeds
Clarinet – Luis Rossi French model B-flat clarinet, Richard Hawkins G model mouthpiece and handmade reeds.
Horn: Hans Hoyer, Giardinelli C15 mouthpiece
Bassoon: Heckel 14945, CC2 Bocal, handmade reeds
Microphones: Oktava MK012 stereo pair
Audio interface: Apogee Duet Firewire
Cameras: Canon EOS R and 5D Mark IV