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Pavel Haas in Memoriam

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7
>Haas, Pavel : Suite for Oboe and Piano, Op. 17
>Giner, Bruno : Silences Déchirés (3), for oboe & piano
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Epitaph, for oboe & piano
>Doráti, Antal : Duo Concertante for oboe and piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Oboist Fabrice Ferez is the principal oboe of the Victor Hugo Franche-Comté Orchestra and musical director of the Besançon Philharmonique Orchestra, Ferez studied at the conservatories of Lyon, Prague and Cracow.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
This is a collection of music by Central European composers of the 20th Century. The Janacek is a transcription of the Violin Sonata.

Pavel Haas was a Czech composer who died at the age of 45 in Auschwitz. The Suite for oboe and piano was written in 1939 in response to the Nazi invasion of his homeland and is filled with angst and defiance. Ferez seems more comfortable in this piece, playing with soaring lines and dramatic statements.

The Giner is another matter entirely. Giner based this solo oboe work on the Haas suite and has worked musical spellings of the name "Haas" (B-A-A-E-flat) into the music.

It was written for Ferez, and it shows. He is confident and convincing. His easy navigation of extended techniques is truly impressive, and he passes into and out of flutter-tongued passages with remarkable fluency. The phrasing and nuances are spot on.

The Lutoslawski and Dorati are also quite good, and Marc Pantillon proves to be an excellent collaborator, playing with sensitivity and verve.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio de Couvet (Suisse) (11/09/2013-11/11/2013).



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Works Details

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7
  • Performer: Marc Pantillon (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio de Couvet (Suisse) (11/09/2013-11/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Haas, Pavel : Suite for Oboe and Piano, Op. 17
  • Performer: Marc Pantillon (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio de Couvet (Suisse) (11/09/2013-11/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Giner, Bruno : Silences Déchirés (3), for oboe & piano
  • Performer: Marc Pantillon (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio de Couvet (Suisse) (11/09/2013-11/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2013

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Epitaph, for oboe & piano
  • Performer: Marc Pantillon (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio de Couvet (Suisse) (11/09/2013-11/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Doráti, Antal : Duo Concertante for oboe and piano
  • Performer: Marc Pantillon (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio de Couvet (Suisse) (11/09/2013-11/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern