Oboe concertos played by Andrea Gullickson -
'... highly recommended ...'
[listen -- track 4, 2:13-3:18]
from an American oboe master reveal commanding fluidity and perceptive musicianship; indeed here Gullickson bestrides a timespan of some two and a half centuries with adroit readings truly reflecting their distinctive eras.
Gullickson is Department of Music Chairperson at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. At the same time recent solo tours have taken her to Russia, China and Canada. Now, in this, her 7th recording, she enjoys superbly accomplished company with the uniquely bohemian Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under Brazilian-born conductor, Lucia Matos.
Her 'River of Time' begins with Telemann's enchanting Concerto in D minor; a slow-fast-slow-fast, four movement composition and, for its time, distinguished by rhythmically innovative scoring. Gullickson launches into this opening work with a splendid measure of exuberance and finely honed colour, perfectly abetted by the diaphanous Czech strings.
Copyright © 2 January 2007
Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand