Oboe’s echoes

Listening to Mozart’s Concerto for 2 pianos No. 10 in E-flat major (K365), it hit me again how the oboe is a wonderful instrument, almost always swinging back and forth between melancholy and hope, between sorrow and happiness. A perfect illustration of the expression “every cloud has a silver lining”.

In the second movement of the concerto, the andante, the oboe repeatedly beautifully dances in between the pianos.

It made me look back to some other remarkable oboe fragments.

The famous oboe concerto by the Italian baroque composer Alessandro Marcello, for example. It must have been the first piece where the oboe hit me so dramatically.

This recording by Il Gardellino & Marcel Ponseele sounds very nice. On my ‘wish list’!

Bach transcribed it into a keyboard concerto (BWV 974):

A performance focussed on contrast by Alexandre Tharaud. I was looking for a version on harpsichord, but did not find any satisfying on the web yet. Trevor Pinnock would have rocked on this one, but he never recorded it.

And let’s skip the evident Vivaldi or Mozart oboe concertos and jump to the 20th century. Not the famous intro to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, I prefer Stravinsky‘s Firebird

See also this midi-version, a beautiful demonstration of the fascinating ‘Musical Animation Machine’ – more info on http://www.musanim.com/index.html

Yusef Lateef, the jazz giant, was one of the first and rare to use the oboe as a solo instrument in jazz

After this bluesy stuff, we’re ready for an ‘encore’: early Tindersticks

enjoy and embrace the oboe!

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