Concerto for Oboe
Michael's Concerto for Oboe was premièred by the London Festival Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London on the 9th September 1999 to a capacity audience. Conducted by Ross Pople, with eminent oboist John Anderson, the concert was in aid of The All Hallows House Foundation.
"Sketches for the concerto were first prepared in 1997 and I established early on, for reasons that I will not go into here, that I would write the work in a three-movement form, with a light and traditional scoring to match the delicacy of the oboe's tone. Since writing those early drafts, the immediacy and accessibility of classical music has come into focus and question much more and I am aware that the work perhaps falls into a new stage of music writing as the century draws to a close. Whether this is so or not, or even presumptuous to give it a historical perspective, I have endeavoured to give the repertoire a new work that reflects and counter-balances other writing for the instrument. As for the detail, I am wary of adding too much structural and technical comment. A work lives on its sounds, not from erudite analysis. Suffice to say that the opening gives the thematic material for the whole work and I have left the instrument itself to make both the opening and closing statements of the concerto, with pizzicato cellos to begin the second movement with the adjusted motif. Perhaps because of my background with guitar, I am always aware of the emotive element within my writing, usually being concerned with its restraint or layering. Thus, if something other than the initial emotion is established and detected, then I have succeeded." - MS
Oboe: John Anderson
London Festival Orchestra