Rave reviews for Schnelzer and Lelux in Glasgow
The Enchanter is the title of Albert Schnelzer's Oboe Concerto composed for world oboist Francois Leleux. Judging from the reviews it's a ravishing, intoxicating and bewitching piece.
It was Francois Leleux himself who, after hearing Schnelzer's bassoon concerto Auroral Dances at a festival in the US, asked Schnelzer to compose an oboe concerto.
The title of the new oboe concerto, The Enchanter, refers to Leleux's magical oboe playing and also to the other source of inspiration, Salman Rushdie's novel "The Enchantress of Florence".
The Enchanter is a joint commission between the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and receievd its world premiere in Örebro on 11 November with Lionel Bringuier conducting. John Storgårds conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the UK premiere in Glasgow on 19 November.
What a ravishing piece, both in its intoxicating and bewitching slow music, which was at once tranquil and mesmerising, with those endless notes during which Leleux appeared not to require oxygen, and in its contrasting, impish, staccato, chattering music that sounded like an excited chorus of disciples drawn to the searing, soaring song of the enchanter.
Herald Scotland/Michael Tumelty
The atmosphere of magic is apparent right from the off in the quivering, shimmering orchestral textures from which the oboe part grows gently. Schnelzer uses the orchestra brilliantly, treating them like a hugely varied palette from which to draw a rainbow of colours. … a most satisfying work by a composer whose name I shall look out for in the future.
Music Web International/ Simon Thompson
Oboist Francois Leleux revelled in the exotic warmth of the opening.
All in all, a sunny antidote to a cold November night.
The Scotsman/Kenneth Walton
Leleux gave such a flawless, wonderful performance the composer was moved to rush up embrace him while the audience were still enthusiastically clapping.
Edinburgh Guide/Barbara Ryan