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Michael Finnissy - Lost Lands

 

As well as some ensemble music the CD includes many of Michael Finnissy's works for 

oboe.   

The performers:

 

Christopher Redgate - oboe and oboe d'amore

Julian Warburton - percussion

Ian Pace - piano

Members of Topology

The Music:
The oboe music on the CD is:

Runnin’ Wild (solo oboe) 
Moon’s Goin’ Down (solo oboe)
Dilok (oboe and Percussion)
Delal (oboe and Percussion)

Press Reviews:

 

"Virtuosic and explosive music, with a frame of reference from jazz to Kurdistan, which 

proves itself fully engaged with the world Pianist lan Pace, who was the star of last year's 

double-CD Finnissy album from METIER (4/02), takes a back seat in this latest addition 

to the series. It is as well recorded as ever, and offers a substantial and memorable 

programme. This time it's Christopher Redgate, oboist in Pace's Topologies ensemble, 

who is featured, and Redgate's phenomenal breath and finger control is heard to startling 

effect in two solo pieces whose titles - Moon goin' down and Runnin' wild evoke jazz 

standards, while steering well clear of the clichés often found in more explicit 'crossover' music." 

Arnold Whittall   The Gramophone


"This invaluable disk in Metier’s Finnissy series focuses on woodwind instruments, 

notably the Oboe, or, to be more precise, the Oboe as molded, manipulated and cajoled 

by Christopher Redgate.  All seven pieces take as their starting point aspects of musical 

cultures that Finnissy views as being threatened in some way.  This is not too hard to 

grasp in the Azerbaijani echoes of Keroiylu of the Arabic inspired trilogy of the Dilok, 

Delal, and Kulamen Dilan, the first two of which find Redgate's open throated sound 

wonderfully evocative of the middle eastern antecedents of the Oboe, with succinct 

percussion support from Julian Warburton.  By contrast, it takes Finnissy's insistence 

that jazz is ‘an emotional state rather than a harmonic/rhythmic proscription’ to unlock the 

more elusive notion that the freewheeling fantasias of moons going down and running wild 

are blues  inspired."

Christopher Dingle  BBC Music Magazine

The CD is available from me or from:

 

Divine Art /Metier

CD Baby - where you can also hear clips of the music