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David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2015

Born in Buenos Aires of Polish/Russian parentage, Osias Wilenski returned to composition in 1990, at the age of 67, having enjoyed a life in television and films. His student years as a composer were spent at the Julliard School of Music in New York with William Schuman and Vincent Persichetti, while at the keyboard he was the only pupil of the legendary virtuoso, Simon Barere. The thought of a life as a touring performer brought an abandonment of music in favour of directing films and as head of Canal 13 of Argentinean television. In 1989 the inflammatory political situation in his native land, caused him to emigrated to Spain, and having destroyed most of his early scores, he began to reestablish himself as a composer, his catalogue of works including a symphony for large orchestra, five string quartets and a number of songs and pieces for solo piano. It was in this ‘Indian Summer’ that he made the decision to move to a more readily approachable style, the present discs containing three works from the period 2012-13. Beginning with the lengthy Oboe Concerto in four movements, its opening is less than convincing in his desire to write a lyric score, the work slowly coming to terms with that objective, and before reaching the end of the opening andante moderato the melodic invention has become highly attractive. The second and fourth movements are a virtuoso oboe showpiece surrounding the gently swaying Lento. Four Inventions has the unlikely scoring of cor anglais and percussion, but the effects are inventive, while the Wind Quartet’s two contrasting movements are an interesting dialogue between flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon. Featuring the very fine oboe/cor anglais performances from Emili Pascual, the disc’s participants are drawn from Barcelona orchestras, and with Wilenski as producer, we obviously have benchmark recordings in a pleasing sound quality. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, February 2015

In Wilenski’s composition for oboe you can discern an excellent composition; we have tension, and a direction towards impressionistic melody that shows the beauty of the use of an oboe in an orchestra and demonstrates how Wilenski’s modern writing investigates some of the timbral characteristics of oboe or English horn.

The movements are elastically elaborated, the ordinary sound qualities of the instruments are fused with those that express some genuine popular feelings or humorous sensations. © 2015 Percorsi Musicali

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