Music for Oboe and Strings

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Music for Oboe and Strings

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7th Dec 2005




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Music for Oboe and Strings

Berkeley, L:

Quartet for oboe & string trio Op. 70


Variations for Oboe Quartet


Driving out the Death, Op. 81


Oboe Quartet


Oboe Quartet, Op. 34


Polemics for Oboe and String Trio, Op. 40

Janet Craxton (oboe)

Perry Hart (violin), Brian Hawkins (viola), Kenneth Heath (cello - all except Routh), Charles Tunnell (cello - Routh)



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Janet Craxton (1929-81) founded the London Oboe Quartet with Perry Hart (violin), Brian Hawkins (viola) and Kenneth Heath (cello) in 1968, and later with Charles Tunnell (cello) after Kenneth Heath's death in 1977. During the twelve years of its existence the Quartet played at most of the major UK music festivals and made frequent BBC broadcasts, from which these recordings are taken. Janet Craxton was always a champion of new music, and the Quartet commissioned five of the six works on this CD, as well as music by Neil Sanders, Alan Rawsthorne, Oliver Knussen, John Exton and John McCabe.

A previous Oboe Classics CD, An English Renaissance, celebrated Leon Goossens with a number of works inspired by his oboe playing. In the notes for that CD George Caird commented that in the generation following Goossens the oboe playing of Janet Craxton should be singled out as the torch-bearer for music for oboe and strings. But that, and the composers who wrote for her, is another story.�

The music on this CD tells part of that story.

BBC Music Magazine

April 2006


“…Craxton's playing is simply superb. The tone is remarkably rich and varied, the precision - especially in complex rhythms - not merely admirable but physically thrilling.”

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