Oboe & Piano: Gal, Martinu, Haas, Janacek, Slavicky | C-AVI AVI8553386

Oboe & Piano: Gal, Martinu, Haas, Janacek, Slavicky

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Label: C-AVI

Cat No: AVI8553386

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 22nd September 2017

Contents

Works

Gal, Hans

Oboe Sonata, op.85

Haas, Pavel

Suite for oboe and piano, op.17

Janacek, Leos

Jenufa
» Zdravas kralovno (arr. for oboe and piano)

Martinu, Bohuslav

Nove slovenske pisne (New Slovak Songs), H126
» Povedz, ze mi povedz (arr. for oboe and piano)
Novy spalicek, H288
» Opusteny mily (arr. for oboe and piano)
» Smutny mily (arr. for oboe and piano)
Songs (4) to folk texts collected by KJ Erben, H282b
» Pisen nabozna (Religious Song) (arr. for oboe and piano)

Slavicky, Klement

Suite for oboe and piano

Artists

Viola Wilmsen (oboe)
Kimiko Imani (piano)

Works

Gal, Hans

Oboe Sonata, op.85

Haas, Pavel

Suite for oboe and piano, op.17

Janacek, Leos

Jenufa
» Zdravas kralovno (arr. for oboe and piano)

Martinu, Bohuslav

Nove slovenske pisne (New Slovak Songs), H126
» Povedz, ze mi povedz (arr. for oboe and piano)
Novy spalicek, H288
» Opusteny mily (arr. for oboe and piano)
» Smutny mily (arr. for oboe and piano)
Songs (4) to folk texts collected by KJ Erben, H282b
» Pisen nabozna (Religious Song) (arr. for oboe and piano)

Slavicky, Klement

Suite for oboe and piano

Artists

Viola Wilmsen (oboe)
Kimiko Imani (piano)

About

What types of musical character do we associate with the oboe? We imagine long, lyrical phrases, mournful, fragile melodies, agile musicianship, and a folk-like character. During my time as principal oboist in the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, it felt as if I died “a thousand deaths” every evening until the main character on stage had finally breathed his/her last sigh and the sobbing oboe had sung its plaintive melody to the end. On the other hand, have you ever heard an oboe sonority that is fierce, conquering or threatening?

The 20th century produced a number for works for oboe and piano in which the woodwind instrument adopts an almost “furious” character. In this program we would like to demonstrate the oboe’s variety of tone colour and great versatility. Our basic idea is centered on the oboe as a “singing voice”, with its tremendous ability to phrase long cantilenas: hence, this program is closely associated with the human voice. We have selected three works originally written for oboe, along with two brief vocal works we have arranged for the instrument. Unpretentious works from the youth of a composer such as Martinů stand alongside dramatic late works such as Pavel Haas’s Suite, which he originally conceived for voice but later arranged for oboe. Here we combine the original sources of inspiration –Moravian folk songs – with a series of works heavily influenced by Moravian folk music: the Suites by Pavel Haas and Klement Slavický, as well as Leoš Janáček’s opera
Jenufa.

Oboists are increasingly performing Klement Slavický’s Suite in view of its many qualities: a series of technical challenges, a pastoral, quasi-improvised first movement, and attractive bravura passages in the Scherzo as well as in the fourth movement.……….. With the exception of Leoš Janáček, all the composers on this CD were of Jewish faith, and shared the bitter experience of having been forced to flee their homeland or at least to give up their profession. Perhaps in times such as ours, when nationalism and racism are on the rise, these musicians’ destinies can inspire serious reflection and serve as a warning to us all.

– Viola Wilmsen

Viola Wilmsen has been principal oboist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) since 2012, prior to which she held the same position for three years in the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She is much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide.

Born in Japan, pianist Kimiko Imani made her successful début as soloist with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in Suntory Hall. She continued to make a great number of appearances with orchestras in Japan and Germany while studying in Detmold toward a concert exam diploma under the tutelage of Prof. Anatol Ugorski. Kimiko Imani’s musical partners include eminent musicians such as bassoonist Sergio Azzolini and oboist Maurice Bourgue. Together, they formed the Maurice Bourgue Trio in 2011, an outstanding ensemble that has performed at important international classical music venues and has just recorded its first CD.

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