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There are pieces by Graham Fitkin -- Ostrich on the Plain (1985) for oboe and wood blocks; and Michael Oliva in rich romantic mode with Into the Light (1997) in which he alternates between oboe and cor anglais. Timothy Salter's Diptych (Abstractions IV) was also written for Edwin Roxburgh in 1992 [listen -- track 6, 0:00-0:49] and is at the end won over by its ingenious homage to Bach.

The most recent pieces are Xas-Orion, a joint effort between Paul Goodey and Michael Oliva, written for oboe, cor anglais and computer in 2001; and Fox Woman, a strange and captivating duet for oboe and the voice of Linda Hirst by Cecilia McDowall, with words by Christie Dickason (I choose my prey with care, it must be tender, must be strong and fresh ...) [listen -- track 8, 0:38-1:36].

Copyright © 12 April 2005 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


New Ground - Seven World Première Recordings

CC2003 DDD Stereo 74'40" 2002 Oboe Classics

Paul Goodey, oboe and cor anglais; Sally Mays, piano; Linda Hirst, voice; Tim Palmer, percussion

Paul Goodey and Michael Oliva: Xas-Orion (2001) for oboe, cor anglais and computer; David Sutton-Anderson: New Ground (1994) for oboe and piano; Graham Fitkin: Ostrich on the Plain for oboe and wood blocks; Edwin Roxburgh: At the Still Point of the Turning World ... (1979) for oboe and delay/treatment structure; Michael Oliva: Into the Light (1997) for cor anglais, oboe and piano; Timothy Salter: Diptych (Abstractions IV) (1992) for oboe, cor anglais and piano (with feverish energy; reflective yet with intensity; restless, agitated); Cecilia McDowall: Fox Woman (2002) for oboe and voice


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