Just a bit of lovely for your afternoon.

The Singers; Matthew Culloton, Conductor; Merrilee Klemp, Oboe

It sure does look like François Leleux is having fun playing this encore of a Mozart aria with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

30. October 2018 · Comments Off on Wow … And It’s Not About the Speed · Categories: Listen, Oboe, Videos

It’s about the accuracy and the clarity. Yes, Trevor Mowry can play quickly. But if he hadn’t also played all of this cleanly one would just think, “Slow down!” This is something I frequently have to say to my students: I care much more about musicality and accuracy than I do about speed. Play it slow first. Get it right. Get rid of glitches.

Then work on speed.

Please.

Bravo, Mr. Mowry. I’m in awe. Clearly accuracy AND speed are no issue for you!

(Hat tip to Robert Hubbard, who sent out the link.)

This is a set of challenging pieces for unaccompanied oboe inspired by the following French paintings:

I. Hôtel des Roches noires à Trouville (Claude Monet 1870)
II. Potager et arbres en fleurs – Printemps, Pontoise (Camille Pissarro 1877) 4:16
III. Boulevard des Capucines (Claude Monet 1873) 7:25
IV. Sentier dans les bois (Auguste Renoir 1874) 9:15
V. Scène de plage – Ciel d’orage (Eugène Boudin 1864) 11:43
VI. Le ballet espagnol (Edouard Manet 1862) 12:55

Each movement was recorded as a single take. The only edits are in between movements. Recording engineer: Alan Wonneberger

24. October 2018 · Comments Off on Well Wow! · Categories: Listen, Oboe

Diana Doherty is playing Spirit of the Wild by Nigel Westlake with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Robertson. I’m in awe.

(Warning to my dear friend whose ears can’t handle dissonance: you’ll want to skip this unless you no longer have that issue!)

… and double wow!

15. January 2018 · Comments Off on SFCM Masterclass Sampler · Categories: Masterclass, Oboe

with Eugene Izotov, Mingjia Liu, and Russ deLuna

And now I’m even MORE humbled, hearing Mr. Izotov play piano.

From Mr. Izotov’s page: Some terrific playing by our wonderful students Tim Daniels and Casey Kearney:

14. January 2018 · Comments Off on Nathan Hughes · Categories: Auditions, Oboe

The Philadelphia Orchestra has settled on a finalist for its coveted principal oboist job, and he has been invited to play tryouts in upcoming concerts.

Nathan Hughes, a principal oboist with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, has not been offered the job, much less signed a contract, but he has emerged as the only finalist after several days of auditions.

The hiring process isn’t concluded, said orchestra spokeswoman Ashley Berke. In fact, Hughes might not end up in Philadelphia, but in Chicago, where the oboist says he is also expecting to play tryout concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that have yet to be scheduled.

“It’s hard to say what will happen. I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” said Hughes Sunday, a day after his final audition in Philadelphia. “These are amazing orchestras, and the process isn’t over until everything is decided. Having us play in the orchestra is a great way to find out what musicians are like. It’s different from the audition, where you are hearing them alone mostly.”

I read it here.

13. January 2018 · Comments Off on Eugene Izotov, Jon Nakamatsu, and Poulenc · Categories: Listen, Oboe, Piano

Just an excerpt of the work … but such a great work it is! (And Chris Thile is such a kick!)

Bravo to Eugene Izotov and Jon Nakamatsu. What a duo this is! ??

12. January 2018 · Comments Off on A Bit Of Mozart · Categories: Listen, MozartMusicMatters™, Oboe

With Eugene Izotov, Ian Swensen, Jay Liu and Jennifer Culp.

Rondo: Allegro from Oboe Quartet in F Major

Always love the bit where the oboe is in 2/4 and the strings are in 6/8.

12. January 2018 · Comments Off on Alex Klein on Living the Classical Life · Categories: Oboe, Videos

So very interesting! Imagine starting out by just having a reed to play most days of the week!

Also interesting to hear him say he put “no” on an audition paper because he didn’t like he way the woman left … as if she was angry. Guess there was no screen.

The discussion on focal dystonia is truly heart-breaking. I have always said, and will continue to say, “I am not my oboe.” I hope I mean it.

Go to about 40 minutes in and it is fascinating what his brain is telling him. Wow. And DOUBLE WOW to the dystonia being “task specific”: “I can play oboe d’amore, I can play English horn, I can play Baroque oboe” … amazing.

And yes, oboe is, for most, NOT an old age playing instrument. He said he can’t imagine playing after age 65. :-)

Alex Klein – Living the Classical Life: Episode 51 from Elyria Pictures on Vimeo.

05. January 2018 · Comments Off on Liang Wang · Categories: Oboe

So true about it being so personal, I think … I feel the same about English horn. But I suppose every instrumentalist might say that about his or her instrument though, right?