Oboe+ :Berio and Beyond is a cutting edge contemporary classical music album. This is the most technically challenging oboe music around and calls for extreme virtuoso performance. The music pushes the oboe to its absolute limits.
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Recent press reviews have said:
"What better choice than Christopher Redgate to present a selection of contemporary British works.... Each work receives performances which are both technical feats of virtuosity as well as the products of a virtuosic imagination. Interestingly, listening to Sequenza VII after the other works, which push the oboe beyond the extremities of register and technique, reveals new perspectives on the work – never have I experienced such a tender reading of the work, particularly during the final section in which the multiphonics stand so elegantly poised." SPNM on-line review. Philip Thomas.
"This extraordinary disc from the oboe fanatic's label is a showcase for multiphonics, triple tonguing, flutter tonguing and circular breathing. But while the sounds and their production are compelling, this is intensely meaningful virtuosity. Although primarily an interpreter, Redgate improvises on "Le Api" ("The Bees") by 19th century oboist Antonino Pasculli, blasting through a compendium of extended techniques like a free jazz wildman...Forget the instrument's bucolic image, this is a great recording of new music." Andy Hamilton: The Wire
"Christopher Redgate is a tireless champion of music that embraces extended oboe techniques...throughout Christopher Redgate gives everything, not only in terms of his commitment, but also in his undying energy." Melinda Maxwell: Double Reed News
The first piece. '…the sting of the bee…' is improvised and is based on the 19th century oboist Pasculli's piece called Le Api (The Bees) (see my Pasculli disk for this piece). In this piece I explore a lot of difficult trills using multiphonics so that it sounds like a swarm of bees!
The second piece Ausgangspunkte was written for me by my brother (Roger Redgate) in 1981 - this is the most challenging piece I know!
Michael Young's Piece Argrophylax was also written for me and uses an interactive computer as well as the solo oboe.
Michael Finnissy's Pavasiya for oboe and oboe d'amore, also written for me, explores a creation myth in music. A stunning virtuoso work.
Recoil by Sam Hayden is for oboe and percussion (Julian Warburton) This is a very energetic work which explores the idea of the oboe Recoiling from the drums.
Berio's Sequenza VII needs no introduction - one of the great classics of the modern oboe repertoire.
Comeback on this release so far has been very exciting:
The British oboist and composer Edwin Roxburgh has said: "It's not simply your virtuosity which amazes me, it is the sensitivity of your artistry, especially in Roger's piece and the Berio. There is no question in my mind that yours (without exception) is the finest recording of the Sequenza and the finest performance. As for your piece, the question arises - why have you not composed more music? Perhaps you have a secret horde. If so, we should hear it. This is the finest possible tribute to your playing and to the composers you have served with such integrity.
Christopher Redgate's early studies in music were taken as a student at Chethams' School of Music, after which he studied for a further four years at the Royal Academy of Music under Richard Morgan and Evelyn Barbirolli (oboe) and Georgina Zellan-Smith and Hamish Milne (piano).
During his time at the Royal Academy he won prizes for solo performance and chamber music including the Blake Prize, Solomon Wind Prize and the James Prize and appeared on a number of occasions as a concerto soloist with Academy Orchestras.
Several prizes in international competitions: the Royal Overseas League, Martigny International Chamber music and Gaudeamus Competition marked the beginning of his professional performing career both as a soloist and in chamber music.
Chris' performing career has taken him to many parts of the world including most European countries, Scandinavia, Australia, America, Canada and China. He has broadcast regularly both at home and abroad and has a number of CD recording credits.
As well as his performing work Chris works extensively with composers and has specialised in 20th century repertoire.
He has given masterclasses for oboists and composers at many well know colleges including Royal Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Kings College London, Goldsmith's College (where he is currently a Musician in Residence) and Huddersfield University.
Chris has for 25 years been a member of 'Trio Krosta' with his wife Celia Pitstow (flute) and Sylvia Bowden (piano).