Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Unusual Instrumentation

Two very unusual ensembles tonight.

An ensemble of 10 double reeds: oboes, english horns, bassoons and a double bassoon playing what must be their own arangement of Adios nonino. I don't they really capture the essence of the music but the sound is interesting (although, I find the double reed sound irritating in a piece this long).

In the second ensemble, a pipe organ replaces the piano in an otherwise standard variation of a Piazzolla quintet. The piece they play, La muerte del Angel, actually works quite well with the pipe organ, particularly at the end. The music gets away from them early in the piece but they recover and finish nicely.

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