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Summer Song / Katsuya Watanabe

Watanabe / Johnson / Ponchielli / Pasculli
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 10001   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Malcolm ArnoldAmilcare PonchielliMiguel Del AguilaAntonio Pasculli,   ... 
Performer:  Katsuya WatanabeDavid Johnson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Miguel del Aguila writes about Summer Song: “Summersong Op. 26 for oboe and piano was written 1988 in Vienna, and premiered there a year later by oboist Vasile Marian for whom it was written. It was inspired by an Aztec poem which unfortunately I lost. I only remember it visually as the music of Summer Song depicts it: It’s a quiet, warm, lazy summer afternoon and the protagonist is laying down on the grass. As he daydreams, his thoughts interact with the actual landscape creating a magical, unreal place. A gentle, modal theme starts the piece and is followed by a more lively and rhythmic second theme. Soon, as passing clouds bring rain the protagonist falls asleep and dreams. As the storm passes birds begin to sing and he starts to wake Read more up. The two themes of the beginning return slowly, and become agitated when suddenly a new, lively, almost scandalous theme shows up dancing Brazilian samba and bring us back to reality. The whole thing ends with a joke. Somehow this piece to me is all about nature, how it affects us and how we interact with it. Summer Song stands alone among my works due to its capricious form, its over-abundance of thematic material and most of all for the disparity of styles which somehow seem to merge together in this piece. Summer Song creates a space where idioms from Indian chant and 1940’s Big Band era coexist with the late Renaissance, Middle Eastern arabesques, Brazilian Samba and the Caribbean. In this piece I deliberately wrote everything I was told never to write for the oboe. After I revised and expanded it in 1996, it became one of the longest and most difficult pieces for the instrument that I know of. Many oboists still preferred to play the older version, as they considered this new one unplayable. That, until Mr. Watanabe proved it to be otherwise.“ Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonatina for Oboe and Piano, Op. 28 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  Katsuya Watanabe (Oboe), David Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
Capriccio for Oboe and Piano by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Katsuya Watanabe (Oboe), David Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Summer Song by Miguel Del Aguila
Performer:  Katsuya Watanabe (Oboe), David Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988/1996 
Concerto for Oboe and Piano on themes from Donizetti's "La Favorita" by Antonio Pasculli
Performer:  Katsuya Watanabe (Oboe), David Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Serenade for Oboe and Harp in A major, Op. 7 by Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Katsuya Watanabe (Oboe), David Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

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