Overheard: New Music For Oboe And English Horn

" I don’t necessarily see the images when I’m playing, but I do react to the feelings." Michele Fiala

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Double reed exponent Michele Fiala doing some listening for "Overheard."

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Overheard

CD of new music for oboe and English horn


spring 2012

Michele Fiala is an oboe and English horn player based at Ohio University. Her latest CD titled Overheard  offers new music for her instruments. There are pieces with wonderfully evocative titles: Alyssa Morris’s “Four Personalities” labeled with colors, Susan Kander’s “Postcards…” with three from Manhattan, Gilles Silvestrini’s Duos inspired by French paintings and more.

 Extra-Musical Values

“I don’t necessarily see the images when I’m playing, but I do react to the feelings,” says Fiala. “For instance, in Alyssa Morris’s “Four Personalities” yellow is associated with cheerfulness. With Susan Kander’s imaginary “Postcards,” it’s again not the images but the feelings of the young immigrant who writes back to his wife that I focus on. The paintings that Giles Silvestrini chose are lovely, but it’s more the poems that he links with them that affect me. The pieces that I commissioned and those that I found all do have extra musical values that I thought made for nice connections,’

 A Chance To Play With An Old Friend

The recording of Overheard gave Fiala an opportunity to work with her teacher Martin Shuring. “Yes, that was a special pleasure. Actually, he’s also on my first CD. It was delightful to work with him again and I have to add that the pianists William Averill and Donald Speer added just the right touches to the project as well.”

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Overheard
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George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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