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Gullickson concludes her 'time-line' with Eric Ewazen's Down a River of Time (1999), charting its way via three states of mind; Past hopes and dreams -- and sorrows -- and memories of tomorrow. This is a work of uncommon merit; most notably in the central movement with richly contemplative deeps away from more swiftly flowing currents. Its 'back to the future' finale [listen -- track 19, 6:12-8:03] is highly measured yet ever bustling. Here the soloist is allowed more scope to display the fullest tonal compass and Gullickson's performances seem near to peerless.

On the strength of this one work I'm eager to hear more of Mr Ewazen's output. His teachers at the Eastman School of Music and Juilliard included Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt and Gunther Schuller. Subsequently the work history has been prolific; including sometime lecturer for the New York Philharmonic's Musical Encounters Series, Vice-President of the League of Composers--International Society of Contemporary Music, and Composer-In-Residence with the Orchestra of St Luke's in New York City.

Since 1980 Ewazen has been a faculty member at Juilliard.

Returning to Andrea Gullickson and her Czech colleagues, their disc is a winner -- highly recommended without a moment's hesitation.

Copyright © 2 January 2007 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand

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Down a River of Time - Oboe Concertos from the Baroque to the Present

CACD1037 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 76'39" 2006 Cala Records Ltd

Andrea Gullickson, oboe; Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra; Lucia Matos, conductor

Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767): Concerto in D minor (Adagio; Allegro; Adagio; Allegro); François Joseph Garnier (1755-1825): Concerto for Oboe and Strings (Lento; Allegro; Recitativo; Aria; Allegro); Giuseppe Ferlendis (1785-1810): Concerto No 1 in F (Allegro; Adagio; Allegro); Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948): Idillio-Concertino (Preambolo; Scherzo; Adagio; Rondo); Eric Ewazen (born 1954): Down a River of Time (Past hopes and dreams; and sorrows; and memories of tomorrow)

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