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Though Lovers be Lost -Music shadowing the two World Wars

 
Though Lovers be Lost -Music shadowing the two World Wars-Oboe
ID: CC2008 (EAN: 5023581200824)  | 1 CD | DDD
Released in: 2003
LABEL:
Oboe Classics
Subcollection:
Oboe
Composers:
BRITTEN, Benjamin | DUTILLEUX, Henri | FINZI, Gerald | GOOSSENS, Eugene | RAVEL, Maurice
Interprets:
MILFORD, Julian (piano) | PAILTHORPE, Emily (oboe)
Other info:

The CD booklet contains a 2,000-word essay by Emily Pailthorpe on the music and the times in English, French and German. The photos include more of the performers, composers and the recording session.

The period between the two World Wars was one of violence, conflict, loss, nostalgia, yet great creative energy - qualities which are reflected in this collection of works for oboe and piano. These pieces conjure up a time in which loss was familiar, change seemed relentless, and yet a frenzy of exuberant artistic work was taking place. In her book 'Testament of Youth' (1933) Vera Brittain writes of the time: "Only gradually did I realize that the War had condemned me to live to the end of my days in a world without confidence and security, a world in which every dear personal relationship would be fearfully cherished under the shadow of apprehension."

The five composers represented in this disc were each directly affected by the extraordinary circumstances of the inter-war period, and their reactions were personal and diverse. Together, these pieces create not only a varied recital programme but also a window into this highly charged time. Living in the shadow of such desolation it is awe-inspiring and affirming that these men chose still to express themselves through the universal language of music. They speak clearly to us across the gulf of time in a way that is best expressed by these words of Dylan Thomas:

Though Lovers be lost, love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

copyright 2003 Emily Pailthorpe
Tracklist
 
BRITTEN, Benjamin (1913-1976) 
Temporal Variations (1936) 
1. Theme1:27 
2. Oration1:37 
3. March1:04 
4. Exercises1:01 
5. Commination1:11 
6. Chorale2:19 
7. Waltz1:21 
8. Polka1:18 
9. Resolution1:50 
FINZI, Gerald (1901-1956) 
Interlude (1933-6) 
10. Andante12:26 
RAVEL, Maurice (1875-1937) arr. Daniel Pailthorpe 
Le Tombeau de Couperin (1914-17) 
11. Prélude3:10 
12. Forlane6:48 
13. Menuet5:05 
14. Rigaudon3:33 
DUTILLEUX, Henri (b. 1916) 
Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1947) 
15. Aria3:27 
16. Scherzo4:03 
17. Final4:11 
GOOSSENS, Eugene (1893-1962) 
Concerto in one movement (1927) 
18. Moderato - Andante con moto - Allegro giocoso13:11 

Review:
 

"I guess I'm a sucker for French music, and an even bigger sucker for English music. But that's not the only reason this CD has made me cry so many times already. Here is a musician: a perfect technique - let's dispose of that issue right now. A rich tone, but who cares? It's what she does with that tone - everything, every color, every dynamic, every variety of vibrato, everything in the service of a huge musical heart backed by a huge musical brain."
Jeanne Belfy in 'The Double Reed', the journal of the International Double Reed Society

"This memorable recital... is beautifully recorded in Suffolk's Potton Hall... and performed with beguiling insight and affection."
Julian Haycock, International Record Review

"They offer the listener glittering performances that capture the drama and the changing moods of these works. One is compelled to listen."
Tess Miller, Double Reed News UK

"With a pungently characterised account of Britten's dazzling and nervy Temporal Variations (1936), this makes a very rewarding anthology."
Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone


 

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