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'Airs, Blues & Dances' - music for solo oboe by Richard Rodney Bennett, Jonathan Dove, David Matthews, John Tavener, Michael Tippett, Judith Weir / James Turnbull, oboe; Libby Burgess, piano

Album Summary

>Tippett, Michael : Prelude
>Bennett, Richard R. : Four Country Dances
>Dove, Jonathan : Music for a Lovelorn Lenanshee, for oboe & piano
>Weir, Judith : Mountain Airs, for flute, clarinet & oboe
>Powers, Anthony : In Shadow, for oboe & piano
>Bray, Charlotte : Late Snow, for oboe
>Matthews, David : Montana Taylor's Blues, for oboe & piano
>Grime, Helen : Miniatures (3), for oboe & piano
>Bennett, Richard R. : Arabesque for oboe & piano
>Tavener, John : Little Missenden Calm, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon & horn
>Phibbs, Joseph : Vocalise for oboe & piano
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

James Turnbull explores rich and varied repertoire of the past thirty years, showcasing the versatility of writing for the oboe in solo repertoire. "It is the contrast between compositions that fascinate me most about the music we recorded." The recital disc opens with Tippett's autumnal prelude, arranged for oboe and piano by Meirion Bowen, the composer's personal assistant and biographer. Richard Rodney Bennett remained fascinated by John Playford's country dances, setting them for a variety of instruments. There's a folk music link with Jonathan Dove's Music for a Lovelorn Lenanshee, which takes inspiration from the popular song 'My Lagan Love' from County Donegal, and first published in 1904 and popularized by John McCormack Retaining a folk connection, Judith Weir's Mountain Airs, scored for flute, oboe and clarinet, use the music of two traditional Scottish melodies, each freely adapted. The evocative colors of Anthony Powers' In Shadow are a sound-world away, where amongst other effects, he creates myriad colors from the marriage of piano pedal notes and high-lying melodic lines Charlotte Bray's Late Snow for solo oboe was inspired by M.R. Peacocke's eponymous poem, a striking expression of the transition from life to death and beyond. David Matthews' Montana Taylor's Blues is named for Arthur 'Montana' Taylor , whose high-octane boogie-woogie and inventive blues playing attracted a cult following among jazz fans in the 1940s. Matthews says: "I was particularly struck by the poignant harmony which suggested that Taylor must have heard some classical music - Schubert? - during his itinerant life." The oboe's expressive capabilities are probed and projected in Three Miniatures by Helen Grime Joseph Phibbs' Vocalise, created in 2005, is conditioned by the effortless simplicity of the miniature work's oboe melody and enhanced by the shimmering beauty of its piano part.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-).



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Works Details

>Tippett, Michael : Prelude :: Autumn, for oboe & piano (arrangement of section 6 or "Crown of the Year")
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991

>Bennett, Richard R. : Four Country Dances :: A New Dance
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2000

>Bennett, Richard R. : Four Country Dances :: Lady Day
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2000

>Bennett, Richard R. : Four Country Dances :: The Mulbery Garden
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2000

>Bennett, Richard R. : Four Country Dances :: Nobody's Jig
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2000

>Dove, Jonathan : Music for a Lovelorn Lenanshee, for oboe & piano
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Weir, Judith : Mountain Airs, for flute, clarinet & oboe
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Powers, Anthony : In Shadow, for oboe & piano
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 11/1989

>Bray, Charlotte : Late Snow, for oboe
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Matthews, David : Montana Taylor's Blues, for oboe & piano
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Grime, Helen : Miniatures (3), for oboe & piano
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Bennett, Richard R. : Arabesque for oboe & piano
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Tavener, John : Little Missenden Calm, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon & horn
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1984

>Phibbs, Joseph : Vocalise for oboe & piano
  • Performers: Libby Burgess (Piano); James Turnbull (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Perpetuo
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (2014-10-22_2014-10-23&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005