Prelude & Deodato 2
Themes from The Exorcist, The French Connection, The Sting and other great films & Flashpoint
Hiroshima & Odori
Song for Sidney for solo oboe & two echo oboesAB AP
Freedom for oboe & harpHW
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
First Grace of Light for solo oboe
OS for oboe & vibraphoneRB
Chaconne for solo oboe
Sir Harrison Birtwistle
An Interrupted Endless Melody for oboe & pianoSG
Shadow of Paradise for oboe & percussionRB
The Tentacles of Memory for solo oboe
Sphinx for cor anglais & percussionRB
Melinda Maxwell (oboe, cor anglais)
RBRichard Benjafield (percussion)
SGStephen Gutman (piano)
HWHugh Webb (harp)
ABAnna Barton (oboe)
APAlexia Pelling (oboe)
Recorded at St Paul's Boys School, London
18 July, 1-2 August 2005
The oboist Melinda Maxwell's first programme for Dutton Epoch in 2003 (CDLX 7139 Composer and Oboist) was a showcase for a remarkable artist. Her second survey of new music for oboe and cor anglais from the Royal Northern College of Music presents not only works by Peter Maxwell Davies and Harrison Birtwistle, but her own atmospheric Song of Sidney. Other composers include Martin Butler, Adam Gorb, Anthony Gilbert, Larry Goves, Simon Holt and Edward Gregson's remarkable instrumental evocation of Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan, which Gregson calls Shadow of Paradise.
"Melinda Maxwell is an outstanding musician. The range of colour and expression she brings to this music is phenomenal."
"Altogether an interesting collection, as well recorded as it is played."
Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine, July 2007
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