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The oboe d'amore revitalised


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CD INFORMATION - AMORIS  AR 1003 The recent pieces with piano for Jennifer Paull are on the second CD of the group, generally balancing the requisites of idiomatic writing and musical quality with a good average. For a start, the oboe d'amore has a delicate nasal voice blended with a rich huskiness producing a sound to cut through almost any orchestral colour with a vibrancy unlike others. Similar to the oboe/cor anglais, of course, but enriched like honey in hot milk. These composers have written for this special sound, which slices through the piano colour with complete disdain. It therefore creates a slight tension to ferment the mix, thus activating the combined sounds [listen - track 6, 00:00-00:45].

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