Moscow 7

I realised today the bliss of a small concert hall, and of perfectly balanced period instruments playing Haendel, Telemann and Bach. It was partly the direct contrast of being in a room signing posters with never less than 3 oboes squalking away and partly the amazing quality of the group L’esprit du Vent. I have […]

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Moscow 6b

Its on days like this that one really wishes for a poetic command of the english language to describe things such as the sliver glint of snow falling in sharp Russian winter sunlight while a churchbell rings calling people to worship that has ¬†undertones, overtones and tiny smaller bells with it that seems to come […]

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Moscow 6

Now THAT was a long day. We started at 10.30 this morning and heard ten 45 minute oboe recitals which had 2 set works, a piece of italian fluff by La Gioconda composer Amilcare Ponchielli, and Echo by S Baiterekov, which was the winner of a competition for pieces for solo Oboe. I don’t know […]

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Moscow 5

The judges all earned their board and lodging today with a day off from the competition completely filled with masterclasses and consultations with thirsty oboists and teachers, and an orchestral panel discussion about how wind playing is seen as second class in Russia and how to raise its profile. It was a chance for some […]

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Moscow 4

On a colder day and slightly drier day today we heard the last 5 competitors, we made our Da or Niet selections from all 15 players, the judges in surprising concord, and after lunch in the rather serious staff dining room of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire we made the announcement to the participants. There are some […]

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