HENRI SAUGUET (1901-1989): Garden Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra (Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn; Ruben Gazarian), ANDERS HILLBORG (b.1954): Meditation sur Pétrarque for Oboe and Strings (Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra; Anton Zapf), KEITH JARRETT (b.1945): Adagio for Oboe and String Orchestra, NICOLAS BACRI (b.1961): Notturno for Oboe and String Orchestra, Op. 74 (both Arcata Chamber Orchestra Stuttgart; Patrick Strub).
Catalogue Number: 06Q011
Label: Bayer Records
Reference: 100 315
Description: Hillborg, always unpredictable and adept at blending disparate styles into a cohesive whole, was inspired by Petrarch's pained and despairing 250th Sonnet in his Meditation, which surrounds a series of long, plaintive melodic phrases from the soloist with a haze of dissonant sound which ebbs and flows, approaches, comes into focus and recedes, while the oboe's eloquent stanzas are declared in the foreground. The Jarrett is a gently melodic piece, thoroughly tonal, the most straightforwardly meditative, neo-romantic work here, while Bacri's piece is a full-blooded, Romantic Nocturne of almost Mahlerian intensity in a sombre, "loneliness in Autumn" mood, wistful and profoundly sad. Sauguet's little concerto, is a relatively late work in the long-lived and prolific composer's output, and despite its modest and unassuming scale is a work of some psychological complexity, with an undercurrent of understated sadness. It consists of a slightly melancholy, pastoral first movement, a playful intermezzo, which also admits some disconsolate episodes, and a finale which despite its scherzando marking and attempts at determined optimism cannot help subsiding into uncertainty. The work is elegant and poised, very tonal, with subtly original touches of lucid orchestration.