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Poetic Inspirations - Works For Oboe, Viola & Piano

Release Date: 03/11/2008 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix WhiteMarco Aurélio YanoCharles Martin LoefflerAugust Klughardt,   ... 
Performer:  Richard YoungAlex KleinRicardo Castro
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This intelligently planned recital includes some remarkable surprises. Who knew that there was such a wide range of music for this unusual combination of forces? Best known, to the extent any of this music is, must be Charles Loeffler's lovely Two Rhapsodies ("The Pool" and "The Bagpipe"). A surprisingly substantial piece lasting more than 20 minutes, the music presents the composer's lush, quasi-impressionist idiom at its most appealing. August Klughardt's Schilflieder, inspired by poems of Lenau (of Strauss' Don Juan fame), is a really lovely suite in five shortish movements. Dedicated to Liszt and composed in 1872, the music depicts a typically Romantic story of yearning for lost love in a ripely evocative melodic Read more style that's sure to win Klughardt new friends.

Felix White (1884-1945) was an English composer of no great repute, but his Nymph's Complaint is charming even if the tunes may not be top-drawer. Marco Yano's Modinha provides a tiny interlude before the concluding major work, the Hindemith trio. This inventive piece in two highly varied movements represents the best of his early style: edgy, acerbic, but also melodic and at times ingratiating, and always full of invention. If you like, say, the Concert Music pieces, then you'll enjoy this equally well.

Listeners familiar with Alex Klein's previous recordings for Cedille already know that the performances will uphold the highest standards of technical and interpretive quality. On the oboe his tone is as winsome as ever, though the Heckelphone sounds a touch wheezy under pressure, an attribute more of the instrument itself than of Klein's playing of it. Let's face it: it quacks. Violist Richard Young and Ricardo Castro also contribute splendidly, and there are fireworks aplenty in the wild second movement of the Hindemith. The sonics are extremely vivid and present, but a touch close for my taste--Young's breathing at times becomes obtrusive, and a little extra distance would have mellowed Klein's heckelphone just that much more. Still, these minor points hardly detract from the appeal of this inventive recital.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Rhapsodies (2) for Oboe, Viola and Piano by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Richard Young (Viola), Alex Klein (Oboe), Ricardo Castro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; USA 
Length: 21 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Schilflieder (5), Op. 28 "Fantasy Pieces after Poems by Lenau" by August Klughardt
Performer:  Richard Young (Viola), Alex Klein (Oboe), Ricardo Castro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 19 Secs. 
The Nymph's Complaint for the Death of Her Fawn by Felix White
Performer:  Richard Young (Viola), Alex Klein (Oboe), Ricardo Castro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Modinha for Oboe, Viola and Piano by Marco Aurélio Yano
Performer:  Alex Klein (Oboe), Ricardo Castro (Piano), Richard Young (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1984; Brazil 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Trio for Piano, Viola and Heckelphone, Op. 47 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Richard Young (Viola), Ricardo Castro (Piano), Alex Klein (Bass Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 27 Secs. 

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