04 April 2017

Spirit of the Wild

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Spirit of the Wild – concerto for Oboe
The concerto received its premiere as part of the Sydney Symphony’s opening 2017 concert season, conducted by chief  conductor and artistic director, David Robertson. Composed expressly for the prodigious talents of Diana Doherty, this commission was made possible through generous funding provided by Jane Mathews AO and Symphony Services International.

Spirit of the Wild

A new oboe concerto is quite rare. When it is written for Diana Doherty, Principal in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the piece becomes immediately a sensational event !Discover the wonderful journey that took place in forming Nigel Westlake's "Spirit of the Wild". This world Premiere was recorded in February 2017.

Posted by Marigaux on Thursday, 31 August 2017

Diana Doherty – oboe
Sydney Symphony Orchestra – conducted by David Robertson
Sydney Opera House / Feb. 2017
Footage courtesy of Foxtel / Audio courtesy of ABCFM

“Nigel Westlake wrote his new oboe concerto, Spirit of the Wild, after a trip with politician/environmentalist Bob Brown to Bathurst Harbour in the southwest Tasmanian wilderness.

The solo oboe becomes the embodiment of that spirit and Sydney Symphony oboist Diana Doherty played it like an incarnation of an exotic woodland bird, a mercurial animal of alert and sometimes savage energy, and force of creation all in one.

The work spanned long notes, haunting remoteness and awakening wonder in the first movement, driving rhythmic vitality in the second, soulfulness and cinematic expansiveness in the third and the best of Westlake’s invigorated rhythmic inventiveness in the fourth.

Doherty’s performance was a tour de force, interspersing cadenzas that wailed and shrieked like a trapped creature with dynamic virtuosity that flitted between chords as though her life depended on it.”  Peter McCallum / Sydney Morning Herald

More info available here