Music for oboe and piano by the French composers Sancan, Roussel, Bozza, Dubois, Tomasi, Colomer, Ravel, Poulenc and the Japanese composer Shinohara.
This is a recording inspired by the atmosphere of a French café: from whispered secretive exchanges to lively and heated discussions. The music is taken from the popular French repertoire for piano and oboe of the 20th century. Many of the works were composed for the Paris Conservatoire as set competition pieces but all are fine examples of French chamber music’s typically colourful palette.
Bengt Rosengren is the principal oboist in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Kerstin Nylander taught the piano at Ingesund Music College and the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm. Tragically she died during the spring of 2007 before she was able to complete the recording.
The pianist Matti Hirvonen has taken her place at the piano to complete the recording together with Bengt.