21st Century Oboe
Christopher Redgate & the Howarth-Redgate Oboe
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This recording includes some of the most exciting music being written for the oboe today - it ranges from the sublime to the astoundingly virtuoso and pushes the performers to the limits. Many of the works explore the oboe's extended techniques especially the upper range and multiphonics.
The Performers: Christopher Redgate: oboe, Kreutzer Quartet, Ensemble Expose conducted by Roger Redgate
The Music: Roger Redgate: Quintet for oboe and strings, Eperons, Michael Finnissy: Greatest Hits of All Time, Ceci n'est pas une forme, Christopher Fox Oboe Quintet, James Clarke Quintet for oboe and string quartet, Howard Skempton Garland for oboe and string trio.
Press Reviews: 
The CD has recently received several significant reviews the most recent being on the web:

The CD has been choses as recording of the month in MusicWeb International, Carla Rees states:
"Oboe virtuoso Christopher Redgate has worked tirelessly to create contemporary music for his instrument, and to extend the practical capabilities of the instrument. This disc features British works for oboe and ensemble....

This is an excellent disc of well written and imaginative repertoire. Christopher Redgate’s playing is dazzling throughout, and the ensembles with whom he performs are similarly excellent. Redgate deserves to be commended for all he has achieved in developing his instrument’s repertoire, and while this complex contemporary music may not be to everyone’s taste, it demonstrates the capabilities of both the oboe and its performer, both of which have much to offer. "

The full review can be seen at: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2009/Dec09/Greatest_hits_msv28513.htm

Patric Standford writing in Music and Vision:

"The Redgates, oboist Christopher and conductor Roger, again join forces to produce a stimulating recital of challenging recent pieces focussing mainly on works for oboe and strings all performed by Christopher, the masterly virtuoso. There are two pieces by Roger Redgate, a short Quintet written in 2003 and Éperons, an earlier work from 1988 for oboe and percussion (Julian Warburton) which explores a remarkable range of technical boldness... Excellently recorded with clarity, this is a recital to capture a wide range of interest."

The full review with sound clips can be seen at: http://www.mvdaily.com/articles/2009/10/redgate.htm

Paul Driver writing in Times On-Line writes...

"The title of this not unesoteric disc of seven works for oboe and strings, and other combinations, mostly written for Redgate, comes courtesy of the second item, Finnissy’s 13-minute piece of that name, which draws on Beethoven piano sonatas, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony (the hammer blows), as well as Korean music. Finnissy casts all this in four simultaneous layers and the result is fascinating. The other works are so good that the disc title is warranted none the less. Quintets by Roger Redgate, Christopher Fox and James Clarke are striking. Clarke’s is eight minutes of unadulterated microtonal fierceness. Redgate plays with tremendous zest. "

Andrew Clemments writing in the Guardian writes...

Christopher Redgate regularly takes the oboe into musical territory that pushes the capabilities of his instrument to the limits of what is technically possible, and his latest collection of works for oboe and ensembles of various complexions is as much a stylistic survey of the demands that British music can make today as it is a showcase for his own talents. The musical range of the seven works here is wide. There is the ­enchanting melodic simplicity of Howard Skempton's tiny Garland for oboe and string trio, and the tangled webs of oboe and string textures and the dense, ­rebarbative textures in Roger Redgate's and James Clarke's Oboe Quintets ­respectively. Then there are the folksy hints and ghosts from Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind in Christopher Fox's Quintet, and the more obvious borrowings from ­traditional musics in Michael Finnisy's Greatest Hits of All Time (which ­references Mahler, Beethoven and Vivaldi, too). Redgate's command of the whole spectrum of effects is ­extraordinary; the disc is sometimes challenging, but always engrossing.