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

29. October 2018 · Comments Off on Shall We Dance? · Categories: Listen, Videos

… but I confess I really don’t think I could manage to move around and play oboe very well. I’m a clumsy sort.

Dmitri Shostakovich: Waltz No. 2
Clarion Wind Quintet

“Night at the Theater” program feature

DÓRA SERES, flute
EGILS UPATNIEKS, oboe
Eg?ls Š?fers, clarinet
David M.A.P. Palmquist, horn
Niels Anders Vedsten Larsen, bassoon

(I’d like my students to watch the oboist fingers … nice and close to the keys. I like that.)

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.

09. January 2018 · Comments Off on I’m Impressed! · Categories: ACappellaTuesday™, Videos, vocal

I played this version of Gaudete last night for Dan before he could see the singers. Then I said, “Look at them!” Like me he didn’t expect such young singers. These young men get such a wonderful sound and I’m so very impressed!

Raffles Voices Male Chamber; Toh Ban Sheng, Conductor

04. November 2017 · Comments Off on Or Perhaps Goodnight with Mozart? · Categories: Listen, MozartMusicMatters™, Videos

I just can’t resist posting one more before I had off to bed!

Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro Overture for & English Horn
Arr. Andrey Rubtsov

Sophya Belyaeva (oboe)
Olga Gotovtseva (oboe)
Svetlana Usacheva (oboe)
Anna Borisova (English Horn)

Because this is fun! (I love playing these with my students, although we don’t take this tempo and we don’t end it quite that way!)

G. P. Telemann – Canonic Sonata G-dur 3 mov

Olga Smirnova (oboe)
Svetlana Usacheva (oboe)

06. August 2017 · Comments Off on How About A Concert? · Categories: Listen, Videos

And it can be from the comfort of your own home? I’m a fan of Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata, with many thanks to a friend for introducing me (Thanks Edie!) I was happy to land here today:

29. June 2017 · Comments Off on Just Another Doggone Concert · Categories: Videos, Watch

No words necessary:

22. March 2017 · Comments Off on A Favorite of Mine · Categories: Listen, Videos

I love Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, and playing the second oboe/English horn part is truly a delight, and a whole lot less stressful than that tricky first oboe part!

These young players sure do a fine job! Kudos especially to oboist Juan Manuel García-Cano!

From the YouTube page (you can probably do the translating thing, yes?):
Le tombeau de Couperin. Ravel. Orquesta de Cámara SONY de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía de Madrid. Director/Conductor: JAIME MARTÍN. Primer oboe/First oboe: Juan Manuel García-Cano. Junio/June 2011.
Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid. Sála de Cámara/Chamber Music Hall.

17. February 2017 · Comments Off on And One More … · Categories: Children Making Music, Choral, Listen, Videos

Caroline Shaw’s “So Quietly” (I’m unable to locate the text, so perhaps it’s Shaw’s own?)

Again, by the very talented Brooklyn Youth Chorus. I don’t see a conductor listed, but I’m thinking this might be Dianne Berkun Menaker, just from glancing at their site.