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Céline Moinet
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The French oboist Céline Moinet sandwiches what are arguably the two most significant 20th-century solo works for her instrument – the seventh of Berio's series of Sequenze and Britten's Six Metamorphoses after Ovid – between pieces from the Bach family that were not intended for the oboe at all. Both Johann Sebastian's A minor Partita and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel's A minor Sonata were composed for the flute, and though the works transfer easily enough, there is something slightly laboured in the results, accentuated by Moinet's rather self-conscious rubato and exaggerated tempo changes. In the modern works, which also include Elliott Carter's 1992 Inner Song, she's more convincing, fluent in the Metamorphoses, with their elegantly chiselled melodic lines, suitably capricious in the Sequenza, as the oboe line pirouettes around the note B that is sustained almost subliminally in the background.

Rating: 3/5

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