*** Burkhard Glaetzner
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FOR OBOE
In the context of late-20th-century music, the oboe can't help recalling the
sound of electronic music -- its strange insistent tone has a similar unearthly
quality -- as well as the almost human sound it shares with its reedy ancestors
and cousins around the globe. The pieces gathered on this disc make full use of
this weirdly postmodern combination. Burkhard Glaetzner can play his oboe both
as a freewheeling, honking reed leaping extraordinary intervals and as a
breathy, meditative woodwind capable of strange overtones and divided sounds.
Isang Yun's piece gives him the most range to work with -- the beautiful solo
work Piri makes use of an encyclopedic range of tones for the
instrument. Other highlights are Xenakis's characteristically histrionic piece
for oboe and percussion, Dmaathen, and a hyperkinetic performance of
Sequenza, the piece Berio has written for a variety of solo instruments.
-- Damon Krukowski