The Bottom Line
Bottom line - Poetic Inspirations: Works for Oboe, Viola, & Piano is one of the best classical music CDs released this year. In fact, I can already tell it's going to be on my top ten list of 2008. The album features works by August Klughardt, Charles Martin Loeffler, Felix White, Marco Aurelio Yano, and Paul Hindemith. These names may not sound familiar, but I assure you, you will love their music.
- Virtuosic performances by Klein, Young, and Castro
- The music is exciting, yet tranquil - light-hearted, yet somber and full of mood
- Released 2008, Cedille Records
- 1 Disk, 16 Tracks
- Total Play Time: 67:10
Guide Review - Poetic Inspirations: Works for Oboe, Viola, & Piano
I applaud the virtuosic performances of Alex Klein (oboe), Richard Young (viola), and Ricardo Castro (piano). When performers have mastered their instruments such as these three men, what you get is the perfect expression of the music. The mechanics and techniques of playing the instrument disappear, and the music and its emotions become amazingly apparent. Bravo!
As I said before, the music was composed by several men whose names you may not know. Don't let that deter you from purchasing this album. Their music is truly sublime. From the gentle sweeping phrases of Klughardt's Schilflieader to the energetic movements of Hindemith's Trio for Viola, Heckelphone, and Piano, the entire album has perfectly blended the contrasting pieces into one cohesive work of art.