Samedi 2 novembre 2013 / Saturday 2nd November 2013 16h 30 / 4:30 pm - Le Hautbois de Benjamin Britten / Benjamin Britten's Oboe

Concert Review 
Many thanks to Olivier Barrier, oboe, and friends for a superb L'Oasis Musicale concert last Saturday. What a great opportunity they gave the audience to hear, in this the centenary anniversary year, the complete chamber works for oboe written by Benjamin Britten. In the solo Metamorphoses after Ovid, Olivier vividly evoked the varied ancient Roman characters of each myth, and then in the Insect Pieces he and pianist Polina Minatcheva brought to life the leaping grasshopper and stinging wasp. Olivier and Polina followed this with the Temporal Variations, relishing its wide range of feeling from the dramatic declamatory oration to the whimsical waltz. The concert was rounded off with the Phantasy Quartet in which Olivier was joined by Emily Redhead, violin, Amina Tébini, viola and Eli Weinberger, cello who together produced sensitive and exciting ensemble playing. Bravo!
Samedi 2 novembre 2013 / Saturday 2nd November 2013
16h 30 / 4.30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal
Ste-Catherine / University. Metro McGill

Contribution volontaire  /  Freewill donation

Le Hautbois de Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Benjamin Britten's Oboe

Six Metamorphoses after Ovid op. 49 for solo oboe (1951)

I. Pan, who played upon the reed pipe which was Syrinx, his beloved.

II. Phaeton, who rode upon the chariot of the sun for one day and was hurled into the river Padus by a thunderbolt.

III. Niobe, who, lamenting the death of her fourteen children, was turned into a mountain.

IV. Bacchus, at whose feasts were heard the noise of gaggling women's tattling tongues and shouting out of boys.

V. Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image and became a flower.

VI. Arethusa, who, flying from the love of Alpheus the river god, was turned into a fountain.

Two Insect Pieces (1935)

I The Grasshopper      II The Wasp

Temporal Variations (1936)

1 Theme      II Oration  III March   IV Exercises   V Commination  

VI Chorale   VII Waltz   VIII Polka  IX Resolution

Phantasy Quartet op. 2 (1932)

Olivier Barrier, oboe
Polina Minatcheva, piano

Emily Redhead - violin / violon

Amina Tébini - viola / alto

Eli Weinberger - cello / violoncello