Roxburgh himself is one of the finest oboists of his generation and his CV includes the UK premieres of Berio’s Sequenza VII and Holliger’s Cardiophonie. Elegy is a substantial work for oboe and ensemble that makes much use of oboe multiphonics (indeed these provide the basis for the work’s harmonic vocabulary), which are further distorted through occasional ring modulation and amplification. The writing is typically unprissy, yet also lyrical and moving in its own elegant way. The coda, a homage to ‘the calm and generous nature of Janet Craxton‘ (another oboist) that drifts up into the clouds, is breathtakingly serene. Redgate, as ever, is an exemplary soloist.
Christopher Redgate, Stephen Robbings, Ensemble Exposé, Roger Redgate
from “Roxburgh: Oboe Music”