Understated however effectively performed oboe live performance
Music / “Letter From House”, oboe quartet live performance. At Wesley Music Centre, Could 20
Reviewed by GRAHAM McDONALD.
THERE isn’t a lot music written for an oboe quartet – oboe, violin, viola and cello – however it was attention-grabbing to see the vary of music offered in a most satisfying live performance within the intimate environment of the Wesley Music Centre on a chilly and blustery Saturday afternoon.
Led by Ennes Mehmedbasic who has studied as a mathematician at Sydney College and as an oboist on the Australian Nationwide Academy of Music, together with violinist John Ma, violist Lucy Carrigny-Ryan and Lian Meany on cello. This can be a extremely competent quartet enjoying music from JS Bach to Pat Metheny with an intriguing work “Ithmus” composed by Mehmedbasic for this group of devices included in this system.
This system opened with an association of a tune, “Letter From House”, by jazz guitarist Pat
Metheny earlier than an association of one of many “Rhapsodies”, Op 79 by Johannes Brahms,
initially written for piano and reworked for the quartet.
John Ma left the stage for the following work, the gradual motion of the JS Bach Trio Sonata in C. This began somewhat ragged however tightened up effectively and Mehmedbasic appeared fairly relieved on the finish of a number of minutes of strong enjoying.
The second half of this system began with an Allegro moderato motion from Scenes
Villageoises, Op 86 by the French Romantic composer Rene de Boisdeffre. This can be a nice and
descriptive piece of music suggesting a French village initially written for oboe and piano, with
the piano half comfortably translating to the strings. This was adopted by Mehmedbasic’s
composition “Ithmus” earlier than ending with WA Mozart’s charming “Oboe Quartet” in F, K370. This
introduced a giant smile to violinists John Ma’s face as they romped by the opening motion
and was a most satisfying end to an understated however very effectively performed live performance.
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