The Czech composer Petr Eben was best known during his lifetime (1929-2007) as one of the world's finest concert organists. But the Velvet Revolution of 1989 led to the gradual discovery of his music by international audiences and he is now taking his place as one of the major figures in Czech music in the generation after Martinů. This first complete recording of his chamber music for oboe shows how he managed to bring Gregorian chant and Renaissance and Baroque procedures into a feisty and individual modern style.
Marlen Vavříková, oboe Ivana Dohnalová, harp Václav Vonášek, bassoon Radana Foltýnová, piano Grand Valley Winds, wind quintet Christopher Kantner, flute John Varineau, clarinet John Clapp, bassoon Richard Britsch, horn
Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 1 (1950) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0195/TOCC0195t07.mp3
Duettini, Op. 28 (1963) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0195/TOCC0195t10.mp3
Ordo Modalis, Op. 30 (1964) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0195/TOCC0195t19.mp3
Wind Quintet, Op. 34 (1965) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0195/TOCC0195t25.mp3
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Catalogue No: TOCC0195EAN/UPC: 5060113441959Release Date: 03.06.2013Composer: Petr Eben Artists: Christopher Kantner, Grand Valley Winds, Ivana Dohnalová, John Clapp, John Varineau, Marlen Vavříková, Radana Foltýnová, Richard Britsch, Václav Vonášek
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James H. North :
“Marlen Vavříková is a fine oboist and is well supported by her colleagues. Her tone is strong and colorful; …The works on this disc are ordered to go from merely charming to vibrant and pithy. Eben’s music is very much worth getting to know.” —James H. North, Fanfare
“This program surveys the wind output of prolific Czech pianist-organist-cellist-composer Petr Eben (1929-2007), whose music is well worth hearing. …What his works have in common is craftsmanship. …Marlen Vavrikova is a master of the oboe. …Both Vaclav Vonasek and John Clapp are solid bassoonists; Ivana Dohnalova’s harp-playing is celestial; Radana Foltynova is a sensitive and expressive pianist; and the other three members of the Grand Valley Winds are also radiant. …This disc is recommended, and not just to oboists.” American Record Guide
Todd Gorman :
“…In Eben’s case, the general descriptive term “neoclassical” does not exclude other elements of postwar modernism such as atonality, quarter tones, and aleatory. What his works have in common is craftsmanship. Since Eben’s chamber works tend to be brief, it’s possible to hear many of them here. …Marlen Vavrikova is a master of the oboe… Both Vaclav Vonasek and John Clapp are solid bassoonists; Ivana Dohnalova’s harp-playing is celestial; Radana Foltynova is a sensitive and expressive pianist; and the other three members of the Grand Valley Winds are also radiant. …This disc is recommended, and not just to oboists.” American Record Guide
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