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

There is a superb recording out and I was fortunate enough to receive a copy from Cedille Records. (Ah, the joy of a CD: cracked and unable to keep the CD in place. But isn’t that how it goes? And who still uses CDs anyway?) It is absolutely excellent and I recommend you get it! I can guarantee I’ll be listening to it over and over.

I’ve been a fan of Alex Klein every since I first heard him. He is pretty darn amazing. The pianist, Phillip Bush, is also excellent.

So check it out! You won’t be sorry.

Or at least you shouldn’t!

Back in 2017 I posted this video of these sweet young girls playing Albinoni. Yesterday I was greeting by another video by them when I logged into YouTube. I’m happy to see they are still playing!

From the YouTube page:

Shepherds de Provence, op. 43
for oboe and English horn
by Eugene Bozza (1995-1991) – French composer

I. Pastorale Provencale

Young Music Maker 2019 Final Concert
Young Oboe Player – Wong Si
Young English Horn Player -Wong Sa

(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

Wow! Impressive and very beautiful!

Diana Doherty and Shefali Pryor, oboes and Alexandre Oguey, Cor Anglais, are members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s oboe section.

21. February 2022 · 4 comments · Categories: Oboe

I have to share this. Mingjia is such a magnificent player. Do listen to the end … you get more than the Vaughan Williams!

Mingjia Liu, Oboe
SUN Yifan, Conductor

And now for some beautiful music. Bernice Lee plays an arrangement by Fergus Davidson of a movement of Tombeau de Couperin. Wonderful!

If you want to buy the music just click here.

24. December 2021 · Comments Off on The Christmas Song · Categories: Christmas, English horn, Oboe

The Christmas Song
Our arrangement of the popular cristmas song
We Hope you will enjoy it!

Oboenkalsse Weimar
The Christmas Song
Songwriter: Mel Torme / Robert Wells

Oboes:

Daniela Juriši?
Viktoria Kassel
Sergio Montijano Bares
Leopold Kern
Marta Meštrovi?
Sabrina Fürtsch
Jesper Burandt

Cor Anglais:
Katharina Althen

Video, Sound &, Arrangement:
Mykyta Sierov – https://www.instagram.com/mykyta_sierov/

Special Thanks to Mascha Weimar https://www.facebook.com/MaschaWeimar
and
DiKuK https://www.facebook.com/KleinkunstInstitut

09. November 2021 · Comments Off on Embouchure · Categories: Oboe, Videos

The oboe embouchure can differ from person to person. I am a “corners forward,” “flat chin,” and “less reed!” sort. If you look at videos on YouTube you will find many who play with gobs of reed in their mouth (my sound is horrible then!). I simply can’t play with what I call a “bunchy chin” yet I see others who do that. I just heard from Barry Kroeker (Hi Barry! Very nice to “meet” you.) and I’m with him on embouchure, so I’m sharing his video here.

I think those who play on a short scrape reed might do things very differently: I play, of course, on the longer, American scrape. I think this might also be the reason that you see many of us here play with our oboes closer to our bodies, while those in other countries play with their oboes further out … some nearly like trumpets. But having never played on a short scrape I’m only guessing on that.

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!