We just released the Premiere recording of this iconic work by one of America’s most interesting and idiosyncratic composers.
Alec Wilder composed the Suite for Flute, Oboe, Bass & Harpsichord, aka Baroque Suite in 1968. Wilder had a distinctive compositional voice – playful and cerebral, tuneful and technical, producing seriously well-crafted music composed with tongue firmly in cheek. This piece is an eclectic 60’s style classic crossover composition with elements of jazz, baroque, Great American Songbook, film noir scores, and classical contemporary music. Julie Johnson, flute, and Gail Olszewski, Roland Electric Harpsichord, join OboeBass! in this recording.
Evocative, virtuosic crossovers between classical, jazz, and tango styles composed for and performed on English horn and double bass.
Timothy Goplerud has written so many compositions for OboeBass! that we sometimes call him “the third member of the OboeBass! duo.” These pieces for English horn and bass showcase the craftsmanship, compositional range, and humor of Tim’s distinctive musical voice. We credit “It Takes Two . . .” as the piece that inspired us to pursue our duo career and we dedicate this CD to Tim and his wonderful music. Thanks Tim! Available from these locations:
In 2007 Griebling-Haigh received a Jerome Composer Commission from the American Composers Forum to compose this piece to be performed and narrated by OboeBass! It is available as a book/CD set, recorded by OboeBass! at MPR Studios, accompanied by her own illustrated retelling of the classic tale of the triumphal underdog, Askelad.
Our debut 2008 recording, “It Takes Two…” for Centaur Records features all original works for oboe and bass duo, all but one expressly written for us. Check out Tim Goplerud’s “elegantly smoldering” (Juilliard Journal) title track, “It Takes Two . . .” on our Vimeo Channel. Other works by Andrea Clearfield, Jody Nagel, Adrian Mann, Shane Monds, Vernon J. Sandoz III, and Dinos Constantinides. It was the last recording produced by our friend, the legendary Howard Scott.
Margi Griebling-Haigh’s translation and musical retelling of Jean de Brunhoff’s classic children’s tale about a resourceful elephant finding his way in the world. Rolf and Carrie are joined on this recording by MPR host Steve Staruch as narrator and William Eddins, piano. Available from these locations:
Sarah Miller set charming OboeBass! accompaniments to four Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, and joins OboeBass! as narrator. Cover illustrations by Rudyard Kipling. Meet The Cat That Walked By Himself and The Elephant’s Child, and learn How the Whale got his Throat and How the Camel got his Hump!