Alexei Ogrintchouk performs as soloist in Raskatov’s Time’s River
Check out this video compilation for an exciting look at the first rehearsa of Time’s River conducted by Klaus Mäkelä at the Broadcasting Music Centre.
‘This is a very special week not just for me, but probably also for all oboists later on. After all, it’s not every day that a new concerto is composed for our instrument.’
– Alexei Ogrintchouk, principal oboist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra
In the interview Alexei gave in Preludium to mark this premiere, he says, ‘A new concerto such as this one is always a bit of a mystery. It’s like putting your hand into a bag and waiting to see which rabbit you pull out.’
Raskatov took the title of his second oboe concerto (having composed his first in the mid-1980s) from the unfinished poem ‘Time’s River’, which the Russian poet Gavriil Derzhavin had worked on until shortly before his death in 1816. ‘The river of time, in rushing onward, | Will bear away all the deeds of men, | And drown in oblivion’s abyss | Peoples, kingdoms, and kings’ is the idea running through the oboe concerto like a golden thread. ‘It’s a suggestive work, with plenty of repetitions, whose aim is to enter the unconscious of an imaginary listener,’ says Raskatov.
‘I’m happy to have composed something for him because I love how he plays the instrument. He is a perfect, complete musician. He serves the music. The music does not serve him, but rather it is he who serves the music.’
– Alexander Raskatov, composer
Don’t miss the in-depth interview with Alexander Raskatov in Preludium. (Dutch)