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Distance - Chamber music with oboe by Hindemith, Vasks, Elliott Carter, Bach, Krenek, Schumann / James Austin Smith, oboe; Luis Magalhaes, piano; Bridget Kibbey, harp

Album Summary

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for oboe & piano
>Vasks, Peteris : Pieskarieni, for oboe
>Carter, Elliott : Trilogy, for oboe & harp
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Pieces (4) for oboe & piano
>Schumann, Robert : Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonatina for solo oboe, Op. 156
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Notes & Reviews:

TwoPianists Records brings you an elegant disc by oboist James Austin Smith in collaboration with pianist Luis Magalhaes and harpist Bridget Kibbey. Most of the works on this disc are, upon first listen, foreign to ears accustomed to a diet of Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn. They are on the chilly periphery of classical music, abrasively private and unrevealing in comparison to their gregarious, largely romantic neighbors. But if they were truly unrelatable, truly alien, they would lack humanity - they would reject curiosity and remain forever opaque. And this is where the beauty of recording is embodied - to the keen, curious ear these works reveal themselves. They shed their frosty outer layer and expose a warmth of expression, a depth of atmosphere and a technicolor palette that rewards unlike any instant-gratification work of art. The work will draw you from being a tolerant (or perhaps even intolerant) neighbor, across its threshold, into a welcoming, if not complex environment. It will foster a deep friendship.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
James Austin Smith shows great versatility and creative programming. He is humble in describing program choices in his charming narrative liner notes. The pieces were recorded. Luis Magalhaes offers a sensitive and invigorating counterpoint to Smith's playing, and the duo truly shines in the Krenek Four Pieces. Trilogy was written by Carter in separate movements for Ursula and Heinz Holliger. I am happy to hear this recording and the variety of timbres employed in the harp and the interaction. I look forward to hearing more from Mr Smith, especially the works of living composers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (02/16/2014/02/18/2014); Purchase College, Purchase, New York, USA (02/16/2014/02/18/2014); Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (04/19/2014-04/21/2014); Purchase College, Purchase, New York, USA (04/19/2014-04/21/2014).



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>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for oboe & piano
  • Performer: James Smith (Oboe)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (04/19/2014-04/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Vasks, Peteris : Pieskarieni, for oboe
  • Performer: James Smith (Oboe)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (04/19/2014-04/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Carter, Elliott : Trilogy, for oboe & harp
  • Performers: Bridget Kibbey (Harp); James Smith (Oboe)
  • Notes: Purchase College, Purchase, New York, USA (02/16/2014/02/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1992

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031
  • Performers: Bridget Kibbey (Harp); James Smith (Oboe)
  • Notes: Purchase College, Purchase, New York, USA (02/16/2014/02/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1734

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Pieces (4) for oboe & piano
  • Performers: Luis Magalhaes (Piano); James Smith (Oboe)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (04/19/2014-04/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Schumann, Robert : Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
  • Performer: James Smith (Oboe)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (04/19/2014-04/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonatina for solo oboe, Op. 156
  • Performer: James Smith (Oboe)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (04/19/2014-04/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956