Gidon Kremer may have issues with the Verbier Festival (I blogged only a very little about that here, but I just listened to the orchestra play an act of Walküre with Valery Gergiev, conductor, Frank van Aken (Siegmund), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Matti Salminen (Hunding) and it was absolutely fantastic! I had recently subscribed to Medici TV for the year, and I’m very thankful I did. I’m really enjoying it. When they don’t have a live performance I can listen to, they have a multitude or recorded concerts to hear. It’s well worth the expense. For me, anyway!
But boy, these young musicians! Whoever was playing principal oboe was just wonderful … expressive with a great sound. I think it might be a young man by the name of Max Blair, but I can’t be certain. If I find out who it was for sure I’ll update this. The roster gives me this, but it’s just an alphabetical list:
Max Blair, USA
Vincent Boilard, Canada
Vicente Castello Sansaloni, Spain
Jennifer Christen, USA