Oboe Concerto

James MacMillan (1959)

Oboe Concerto 2009-2010

2122 - 2200 -timp-strings
Duration 
23
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Commissioner 
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This work was written for the Britten Sinfonia and Nicholas Daniel, and is dedicated to him. It is in three movements. The first opens with a gradual building up of rhythmic layers on violas, bassoon and trumpet before the soloist joins in. Suddenly the music is thrown forward by a metrical modulation and becomes very fast, flighty and virtuosic. Structurally, the music eventually goes into reverse before a solemn coda.

The second movement is based on an earlier work for solo oboe, in angustiis... The solo material is expressive and sad, and enters into much dialogue with other wind instruments throughout. The reflective character of the movement is interrupted by little dyadic patterns, various pizzicato outbursts, some scherzo-like material and agitated faster passages, but the principal mood is introverted and cantabile.

The last movement begins brashly and has a clownish character. The overall feeling is extrovert and dramatic, showing off the oboe in fast display. Some of the original ideas from the opening movement are re-introduced in new guises, before an exultant and joyous ending.

James MacMillan

(This programme note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to the composer.)

Comments 

"...MacMillan at his very best, shifting fluently between evocative soundscapes and shot through with moments of haunting beauty."
The Guardian

Performances 
15.10.10 Town Hall, Birmingham: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Britten Sinfonia / James MacMillan
18.10.10 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Britten Sinfonia / James MacMillan
20.10.10 Theatre Royal, Norwich: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Britten Sinfonia / James MacMillan
22.10.10 West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Britten Sinfonia / James MacMillan
24.10.10 Civic Hall, Chelmsford: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Britten Sinfonia / James MacMillan
19.10.11 Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Britten Sinfonia / James MacMillan
20.10.11 Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Britten Sinfonia / James MacMillan
14.11.12 Dvorak Hall, Prague: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Nikolaj Znaider
15.11.12 Dvorak Hall, Prague: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Nikolaj Znaider
16.11.12 Dvorak Hall, Prague: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Nikolaj Znaider
15.1.13 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris: François Leleux (oboe) / Orchestre de chambre de Paris / Thomas Dausgaard
30.1.13 Perth Concert Hall, Scotland: François Leleux (oboe) / Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Thierry Fischer
1.2.13 City Halls, Glasgow: François Leleux (oboe) / Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Thierry Fischer
20.3.13 Beethovensalle, Stuttgart: Philippe Tondre (oboe) / SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart / James MacMillan
13.9.13 Adelaide Town Hall: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Adelaide Symphony Orchestra / Mark Wigglesworth
14.9.13 Adelaide Town Hall: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) / Adelaide Symphony Orchestra / Mark Wigglesworth
31.10.13 Queen's Hall, Edinburgh: François Leleux (oboe) / Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Thierry Fischer
28.3.14 De Doelen, Rotterdam: Karel Schoofs (oboe) / Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Alexander Shelley
14.4.16 Milan, Italy: Francesco Quaranta (oboe) / Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali / James MacMillan
Selected performances only. For full performance history please visit Boosey & Hawkes website
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Flute
1
Oboe
cor anglais
2
Clarinet
2
Bassoon
2nd contrabassoon
2
Horn
2
Trumpet
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