New music mpFree: Edwin Roxburgh, Elegy

This week’s new music download comes from Christopher Redgate and Ensemble Exposé‘s excellent survey of the oboe music of Edwin Roxburgh.

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.

Roxburgh: Oboe MusicChristopher Redgate, Stephen Robbings, Ensemble Exposé, Roger Redgate
“Elegy” (mp3)
from “Roxburgh: Oboe Music”
(Metier)

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Download of the week: Gérard Grisey: Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil

Another Grisey selection, but I’m not going to apologise for that. Regular readers will know that Quatre chants is a piece with which I am very much enamoured.

Get it at inconstant sol.

And if you like this I recommend heading to the Festival Hall this Sunday, 6pm, where the Philharmonia will be playing Quatre chants for free.