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Walter Ross: Through the Reeds - The concertos for Oboe d'amore; Bassoon; Flute & Guitar; Oboe & Harp

> Oboe d'amore Concerto - I. Grazioso
> Oboe d'amore Concerto - II. Andante amabile
> Oboe d'amore Concerto - III. Allegro animato
> Bassoon Concerto - I. Allegro agitato
> Bassoon Concerto - II. Adagietto pastorale
> Bassoon Concerto - III. Allegro vivace
> Concerto for Flute and Guitar - I. Festivo
> Concerto for Flute and Guitar - II. Allegretto scherzando
> Concerto for Flute and Guitar - III. Adagio con eleganza
> Concerto for Flute and Guitar - Iv. Allegro con brio
> Oboe Concerto - I. Lento carezzando
> Oboe Concerto - II. Festivo
> Oboe Concerto - III. Adagio patetica and impetuoso

Album Summary

>Ross, Walter : Concerto for oboe d'amore & orchestra
>Ross, Walter : Concerto for bassoon & orchestra
>Ross, Walter : Concerto for flute, guitar & orchestra
>Ross, Walter : Concerto for oboe, harp & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Through the Reeds is a collection of woodwind concerti from American composer Walter Ross. A lifelong musician and composer, Ross has historically worked most closely with instruments in the woodwind family; the four concerti on this album, all of which feature woodwind solo, highlight his preference for the family and his keep ability to compose works for oboe, bassoon, and flute.



Reviews

Thoroughly Enjoyable
On Walter Ross' website, it says "he likes to write music that musicians enjoy performing and audiences enjoy hearing." That claim is ably supported by the works on this new release from Ravello.

Ross' oboe d'amore concerto is a welcome addition to the repertoire. His modal harmonies give the work a neo-renaissance flavor, through which the oboe d'amore hops and skips and sings. Michal Sintal is an able soloist, and Ross' music shows off the capabilities of his instrument to best advantage.

The Concerto for Bassoon and String Orchestra has an almost Coplanesque feel to it in places. Humor and good spirits are common elements in Ross' music, and this jovial concerto fits right in. The middle movement is especially beautiful, and soloist Ramon Masina makes the most of the lyrical nature of the music.

The Concerto for Flute and Guitar is light and airy, perfectly suited to these two instruments. The middle movement has a Latin flavor to it, but only just -- this is Ross, not Rodrigo.

The final work on the album, the Concerto for Oboe, Harp and String orchestra rounds out the program nicely. Ross' straight-forward style is consistent throughout the album. The strings chug along in seemingly simple yet ever-changing patterns. The oboe and the harp dance around each other in a jovial fashion. Underneath this attractive surface Ross has constructed a solid work woven together by motivic development.

To paraphrase the composer, these were concertos that musicians enjoyed performing, and I enjoyed hearing.
Submitted on 08/19/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Ross, Walter : Concerto for oboe d'amore & orchestra
  • Performer: Michal Sintal (Oboe d'amore)
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Ensemble: Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Ross, Walter : Concerto for bassoon & orchestra
  • Performer: Roman Mesina (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Ross, Walter : Concerto for flute, guitar & orchestra
  • Performers: Radka Kubrova (Guitar); M. Turner (Flute)
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Running Time: 20 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ross, Walter : Concerto for oboe, harp & orchestra
  • Performers: Adriana Antalová (Harp); Igor Fabera (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary