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Gwyn Parry-Jones' Review of Alfred Genovese's Recording
Posted by Jeff Graham on October 16, 2013, 3:33 am
While I respect the opinion, as an oboist, I must strongly disagree with this review of this recording. Alfred Genovese's performances on this disc are among the finest anywhere, and most certainly not dull. There is not an oboist anywhere with the command of the instrument and expressiveness shown by Mr. Genovese. The playing is lyrical and rich, the phrasing smooth and flowing, and the tone colors varied and imaginative. One example is the rich, ringing high C near the end of the second Loeffler piece. And a comment such as "struck me as dull works with little awareness of the potential tone-colours from this ensemble" indicates how little the reviewer knows about the repertoire and this piece in particular, because if any piece exploits those characteristics it is this one! It is among the richest and most difficult in the wind repertoire, even having such complicated tempos and rhythms that it sometimes needs 9/16 for a time signature! This is a wonderful addition to the recorded wind repertoire!
As for "reed noise", has the reviewer listened closely to most solo recordings or attended many recital programs? ALL instruments produce extraneous noise that is heard in such settings!
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