The Flaying of Marsyas, Op.42
|Category|| ||Chamber Music > Other Chamber Music|
|Duration (approx)|| ||18 minutes|
Oboe, string quartet
|Recording(s)|| ||Brindisi String Quartet|
|Publisher|| ||Faber Music|
English Chamber Orchestra.
|First performance|| ||6 May 1987|
|Venue|| ||Purcell Room, London|
|Orchestra / Ensemble|| ||Spohr Quartet|
|Review|| ||Michael Oliver, Tempo, July 1995|
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To the challenge of an oboe quintet, one high-pitched instrument added to an ensemble that already has two. Matthews’s solution is brilliantly dramatic. The Flaying of Marsyas is a concerto, and a virtuoso one… the long central section a contest between the two soloists, the ‘apotheosis’ at the end an ingenious and formally satisfying device whereby Marsyas “learns” from his defeat and absorbs Apollo’s aristocratic lyrical idiom into his own instinctive one.
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