This lovely morning program is a walk through the English Woods complete with English composers and Oboe (woodwinds). Six Studies in English Folksong is a collection of pieces written for cello and piano, though it is now played by many combinations of instruments. The pieces are tranquil and thoughtful, evoking visions of days gone by.
Gerald Finzi lived through many tragedies, including the death of his composition teacher during WWI as well as the loss of his three brothers. His Eclogue is based on an ancient poetic form that is a soliloquy or dialogue between shepherds. Finzi’s work is a conversation between the strings and piano that is rich, romantic, and pastoral.
Roger Quilter was born to a wealthy English family and well-educated both at home and at the Frankfurt Conservatory in Germany. He was a prolific composer, and his Five Shakespeare Songs, Op. 23are considered some of his finest works.
Ernest John Moeran conceived his Fantasy Quartet while vacationing in Norfolk, East Anglia. He wrote, “I board and lodge in this little pub overlooking Rockland Broad... in the evening I go out rowing on these 'Lonely Waters'... this reedy neighbourhood seems to suggest oboe music.” Moeran had grown up in the area and the single movement piece is filled with folk songs and childhood memories.
Elgar is known for his large-scale orchestral works. This delicate chamber piece for Oboe Quartet was written when the composer was only twenty-one as a gift for his brother Frank, who was a talented oboist.
The Cobbett Competition was created by a wealthy patron who required that works submitted be based upon an Elizabethan form of “Phantasy”. Britten, Bridge and Vaughn Williams all created works for the coveted prize. Vaughn Williams used two violas in his composition to reflect the sound of Henry Purcell’s pieces. His Phantasy Quartet runs four very different mini-movements into one piece, which met the requirements of the competition.
Arnold’s light and vivacious masterpiece, his Oboe Quartet, was written for the father of modern oboe-playing, León Goossens, for his 60th birthday.
Artists: Boris Vayner (Viola), Ilya Kazantsev (Piano), Mark Berger (Viola), Mary Lynch (Oboe), Omar Chen Guey (Violin), Sergey Antonov (Cello), Trevor Neal (Baritone)
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