For the first time the International Tchaikovsky Competition has added woodwinds to the mix!

I see there are a ton of flutes and three oboists. I’m surprised there are no other instruments represented. You can see the players here.

Update: NO! I’m quite wrong … I just had to click on the “See more competitors” button. TONS more players! There are twelve of each woodwind.

The competition runs from June 17 to the June 29. I look forward to hearing the fine players!

I’m currently watching the Cliburn Junior Piano Competition. I am not a huge fan of competitions — I believe I’ve mentioned that before — but I love watching and hearing these young music makers so much. They are pretty amazing. It’s not just that they play the notes … they play music!

Music is so much more than the notes. It’s the story one is telling. It’s line. It’s color. Without expression I couldn’t care less. These young players make me care.

What will be quite telling is the finalists, who perform with an orchestra. That can really be a challenge Making music on one’s own is different than working with an ensemble. (But hey, they don’t have to think about intonation or reeds!)

If you start with the link below you’ll hear all in the preliminary round, as it goes through the full playlist:

And here is the start of the quarterfinals:

Take it to the Lord in Prayer
Aeolians of Oakwood University
(This was the group that was recently in California, and suffered a bus accident. They all escaped the bus, but the person who ran into the bus was killed.)

Jake Runestad: Alleluia
National Taiwan University Chorus; Fang-Pei Tracy Lien, Conductor

I just paid a rather large sum to continue this site for one more year. It is likely that will be the last annual fee I pay: I don’t make anything through oboeinsight and the over $200 fee is just a bit much. So enjoy for the year. Then … well … maybe not!

… but I can’t imagine playing the salterio.

Il Dolce Conforto – V.Ugolino/ Sonata per Salterio con Basso
Franziska Fleischanderl, Salterio; Lukas Henning, Archlute

One of my favorite oboists does it again! I’ve already listened to this recording and I just love it.

And leave it to Mr. Mayer to do become the actor again for the recording promotion (and, I’m guessing, we’ll see more videos connected to the recording soon) ….

The Irish Blessing, arr. Graeme Langager
CSULB University Choir; Joshua Palkki, Conductor

http://www.noontimeconcerts.org/
The Midsummer Mozart Festival Chamber Orchestra Laura Griffiths / Ruth Stuart, Oboe / Mark Brandenburg / Ann Lavin, Clarinet / Deborah Kramer,/ Patrick Johnson-Whitty, Bassoon / Glen Swarts / David Goldklang, Horn perform W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Serenade in C Minor, K. 388/384a
00:00 Allegro
07:05 Andante
11:11 Allegro
on Tuesday, May 19, 2019, at San Francisco’s Noontime Concerts, Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California at Grant Avenue in San Francisco http://www.oldsaintmarys.org

… and some friends and acquaintances are playing. This brings back wonderful memories of playing (eons ago) in the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra.

http://www.noontimeconcerts.org/
The Midsummer Mozart Festival Chamber Orchestra Laura Griffiths / Ruth Stuart, Oboe / Mark Brandenburg / Ann Lavin, Clarinet / Deborah Kramer,/ Patrick Johnson-Whitty, Bassoon / Glen Swarts / David Goldklang, Horn perform W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) Serenade in E-flat Major, K. 375
00:00 Allegro maestoso
08:40 Menuetto
13:34 Adagio
19:51 Menuetto
23:05 Allegro
on Tuesday, May 19, 2019, at San Francisco’s Noontime Concerts, Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California at Grant Avenue in San Francisco http://www.oldsaintmarys.org