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Oboe: Berio & Beyond

Oboe: Berio & Beyond
ID: CC2015
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Oboe

The 24-page CD booklet has a 6,000 word programme note in English, with a description of the works, the performers, and many photographs.


Oboe+' brings together a group of works for oboe that, with the exception of Berio’s Sequenza VII, have not been recorded before. Sequenza VII was written at the end of the 1960s, a time that had seen a great deal of experimentation with composers exploring the wide range of new sounds available. The Sequenza is an exceptional work that brings together many of the sounds and techniques of the period and integrates them into a work of extraordinary beauty and power. Alongside the development of new sounds and extended techniques came music that demanded from the performer a great deal technically, musically and emotionally. The other works recorded here are fine examples of music from this genre. The ‘new sounds’ can be divided into different categories: Firstly there are the sounds that are easy to make on the instrument. The only example on this CD is the use of key-clicks - this is simply produced by tapping the keys of the instrument hard enough to make a noise. An obvious example of this on the CD can be heard in Argrophylax at 5:10 or 16:18. In the second example the sound is also amplified. Secondly, there are the new sounds that are an extension of techniques that already exist: double, triple and flutter tonguing, range extension and quarter tones. A combination of double and triple tonguing can be heard in Argrophylax at 9:20, while flutter tonguing can be heard in Ausgangspunkte at 2:9. The extension of the range can be heard in Ausgangspunkte at 6:20. Quarter tones are used extensively in many of the works, but a particularly fine example can be found in Pavasiya at 4:17. Sequenza VII uses a few microtonal trills an example of which can be heard at 1:14. Thirdly, sounds that take the oboe into new territory: multiphonics. The performer, through a careful use of exotic fingerings and careful control of the embouchure, creates several pitches simultaneously. Every work on the CD uses these sounds often in combination with other techniques. Recoil uses multiphonics extensively from the opening bar while in Sequenza VII the multiphonics are almost ‘ghost like’ at 6:50. You can also find examples of trilling between different multiphonics in Ausgangspunkte at 10:06. Circular breathing, the technique which allows oboists to maintain very long phrases without seemingly taking a breath is also used - the most obvious example can be found in ‘…sting of the bee…’ One of the striking feature of the music on the CD is the way in which the composers are thinking about and writing for the instrument, often creating a sound world that many would not relate easily to the traditions of the oboe. In a masterclass a few years ago I was demonstrating the highest notes of the instrument and was told that it 'didn’t sound like an oboe’. A better comment would have been ‘I have never heard an oboe sound like that before’. While the other composers on the CD may not necessarily point to Berio as an influence in their work, the Sequenza is a good starting point for music that explores some of the most technically challenging music in the repertoire. Berio had a great interest in virtuosity, which is expressed and explored in his series of Sequenzas. He emphasises, however, that this virtuosity is not simply that of fast fingers but a virtuosity of the intellect as well. Similar statements could be made about the other works on this CD. This is music that demands a great deal of listener and performer alike. It is virtuoso music in the sense that there are many notes and great technical challenges, but unlike much music that could be placed under the banner of ‘virtuoso’, this music is neither frivolous nor is it easy listening. There is great passion here, focused intensity, intellectual depth, it is music that is exuberant, moving and challenging. Michael Finnissy talks in his programme note for Pavasiya of stretching the ‘virtuosic limits of the oboe(s) to the utmost’. This statement could equally be applied at different levels to the other works on this CD, each of which stretches not only the instrument but also the performer. During the course of these works you will hear most of the significant technical developments that have taken place in recent years. One of the aims I had in the recording was to maintain the physical nature of this music. An essential aspect of a number of these works is that they live on the edge of being unplayable. In live performance things do go wrong, notes are missed, the performer can sound as if he/she is struggling to play the works. In this recording I have tried to maintain this quality by not editing out some of the struggles and obvious areas where I find the works technically challenging. The CD opens with one of my solo improvisations. Most of my recitals include improvisation not only in works that demand it, but also improvisations that I myself have developed over a period of time. Improvisation in the ‘classical’ world is seen usually to be the domain of the organist or of the expert baroque specialist, all of which I welcome. In my case however I perform solo (and sometimes duo/trio) improvisations to which I give names. Each improvisation has elements that I wish to explore. These can be technical ideas, formal ideas, pitch ideas etc, and the music is frequently a mixture of many different elements. But improvisation does not stop here. Many of the works on the CD have some elements of improvisation. The Berio asks for an improvisatory approach to the placing of some of the pitches within a very strict framework - the performer’s response to the written text is a vital part of the performance of this work. Young’s work also has a great deal of improvisation both in terms of choice of pitches and the pacing of the work through to the response to the computer’s input. copyright 2006 Christopher Redgate
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Musiche Veneziane - Baldassare Galuppi - PASSTEMPO AL CEMBALO

Musiche Veneziane - Baldassare Galuppi - PASSTEMPO AL CEMBALO
ID: CLAVES500603
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental

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Philip Jones Brass Ensemble in Switzerland

Philip Jones Brass Ensemble in Switzerland
ID: CLAVES500600
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental

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Mélodie Zhao : Les 12 Etudes d’exécution transcendante (piano), Franz Liszt

Mélodie Zhao : Les 12 Etudes d’exécution transcendante (piano), Franz Liszt
ID: CLAVES501110
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Mélodie Zhao is typical of all young girls of her generation : she uses all the modern means of communication, has her own web page, is actively present on social networks and lives her art and work passionately. Yet her own passion is rather unusual: as a 17 year old, her ambition is to play the most complex piano cycle ever written, with the added bonus of making it feel like a walk in the park whilst striving to unite musicality and virtuosity in one vital surge. Recorded in the best recording studio in Switzerland, the famous Salle de Musique in La Chaux-deFonds, these Transcendental Etudes, written by Liszt in Vienna at the age of 15, emerge, with Mélodie Zhao’s gracefulness, as a bursting, youthful, loving tribute to life. An interpretation as cheeky and mind-blowing as the CD cover!
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F. Liszt - Joseph Moog - Recital

F. Liszt - Joseph Moog - Recital
ID: CLAVES501108
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Anniversaries are just great! The bicentenary of the birth of Franz Liszt - outstanding, hero-worshipped artist, star of the romantic 19th century - has given Joseph Moog the chance to present an anthology of rare transcriptions and paraphrases. Throughout this generous programme, the young virtuoso takes us along previously virtually unexplored paths, with evocations of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Rossini, and settings such as a cathedral, an opera, a ball, or the delicate intimacy of a Romantic salon, illustrating Franz Liszt’s extraordinary versatility in every situation. As a complement to these transcriptions and paraphrases, Joseph Moog chose the second Ballade, rare testimony of the introverted Liszt, contrasting with the sparkling Valse-Impromptu that closes this outstanding recital.
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Joseph Moog - Divergences - Jongen - Reger - Scriabin

Joseph Moog - Divergences - Jongen - Reger - Scriabin
ID: CLAVES501005
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Following his critically acclaimed Claves release ‘Metamorphonse(n)’ - cat.no 502905, Joseph Moog focuses his attention to contrasting worlds of the first half of the 20th century. The young German pianist presents rare works by Jongen, Reger & Scriabin with the booklet notes comparing the three in a most interesting way - “French spirit, German soul and Russian Mysticism,” all in all, an intriguing combination.
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The Heart Trembles with Pleasure - Mmusic for lute by Sylvius Leopold Weiss

The Heart Trembles with Pleasure - Mmusic for lute by Sylvius Leopold Weiss
ID: BGS119
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Lute

Nigel North certainly needs no introduction, with his career to date including recordings for Linn Records and Naxos. The music on this recording comes from the years leading up to Weiss’ time at the Dresden court and is to be found in the London manuscript, which is now preserved in the British Library (Add Ms3038).
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Love, The Magician - The Vida Guitar Quartet

Love, The Magician - The Vida Guitar Quartet
ID: BGS118
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Guitar

The Vida Guitar Quartet brings together four guitarists of exceptional ability and virtuosity sharing a passion for chamber music. After their debut at the World Youth Guitar Festival in 2007 the quartet rapidly gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic guitar ensembles. The quartet is made up of Mark Ashford, Helen Sanderson, Mark Eden and Christopher Stell, the last two names also make up the Eden Stell guitar duo.
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Music for an Island - Eden Stell Guitar Duo

Music for an Island - Eden Stell Guitar Duo
ID: BGS117
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Guitar

(CD also has CDROM bonus footage with movie)

The prize winning Eden Stell Guitar Duo take a new direction with the release of their CD ‘MUSIC FOR AN ISLAND’ BGS117. The Duo’s passion for performance innovation has resulted in a finely crafted and synchronised multimedia concert of music and images inspired by landscapes and locations from around the UK.
The diverse programme covers the length and breadth of the British Isles from the Orkney Isles to the seaside promenade of Eastbourne, taking in the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, leafy Sherwood Forest, and the Beatles’ Liverpool along the way.
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Cedric Pescia - Les Folies Francaises - Couperin - Debussy - Messiaen

Cedric Pescia - Les Folies Francaises - Couperin - Debussy - Messiaen
ID: CLAVES502719
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

This programme of Couperin/Debussy/Messiaen, is constructed like a voyage through the centuries and is dedicated to three composers whose connections are manifest: Debussy’s elegance and clarity are clearly reminiscent of Couperin, and Messiaen was fascinated by Debussy’s innovations and touched by the subtle musical impressions of the elder composer. The musical voyage is made even more agreeable by the absorbing playing of Cédric Pescia.

F. Couperin
Pièces de clavecin III: Ordre 13ème in B minor: Les folies Françaises, ou Les dominos
Pièces de clavecin IV: Ordre 25ème in E flat major

C. Debussy:
Préludes - Book 2 (12, complete)

O. Messiaen:
Le Courlis cendré
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