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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Moscow 3

Today after a major change in the weather and therefore the reeds, its absolutely pouring with rain, we heard 2/3rds of the 15 competitors. 15 doesn’t sound like very many I suppose, but the programme is really exacting and has to be played all from memory, apart from the new composition, a winning piece from […]

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Moscow 2

Whirlwind evening, I’m completely exhausted. We got to the hall about on time, I threw on some clothes, got presented on stage to the audience of competitors and their support teams, found a reed that would play at 442, heard Alex Klein play a moving and stately Poulenc Sonate and played Britten and Lutoslowski to […]

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