This unusual combination of oboe and guitar has very little original repertoire. But in this colorful collection of South American music, partly transcribed by Enno Voorhorst, the expressive lyricism of the oboe, played by Pauline Oostenrijk, and the warm, passionate and rhythmical guitar playing by Enno Voorhorst will likely inspire composers to write for this combination in the future. The only composition on this cd originally written for oboe and guitar is Echoes (2016) by José Mora-Jimenez, dedicated to Pauline and Enno.
With this cd Modinha Pauline Oostenrijk and Enno Voorhorst composed a selection of pieces that reaches from Argentina to Costa Rica and from romantic songs to intricate revolving rhythms: Latin American music. The composers Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla and Egberto Gismonti are considered heroes in their home countries. Their music is played in concert-halls and also on the streets. De ning it as popular or classical, the borders are blurred but this music has found its way into the important concert venues of the world. Modinha is not only the name of one of the selected pieces but also of a nostal- gic love song, which one can hear throughout the whole cd. The oboe d’amore that Pauline Oostenrijk plays on several tracks especially suits the tender and nostalgic atmosphere of this love song.
Pauline Oostenrijk is principal oboist of the Residentie Orchestra (The Hague Philharmonic) in Den Haag. In 1999 she received the Netherlands Music Prize, which is the highest State Award for classical music. Before that, she had already won a number of prizes, among which the first prize in the Fernand Gillet oboe compe- tition in Baltimore, resulting in a recital in Carnegie Hall. Paulines activities as a soloist and chamber musician have been recorded on a considerable number of cds which earned international acclaim and received outstanding critics.
Enno Voorhorst won the first prize at the 7th International Guitar Competition in Hof (Germany) and in 1992 the Dutch Guitar Prize. He played in the important Dutch venues such as Vredenburg and de Anton Philipszaal. His solo concerts and his frequent appearances at guitar festivals have taken him all over the world from El Salvador to Japan. His two CDs with repertoire from Agustín Barrios Mangoré and his latest CD Bach-Pärt-Desprez earned him international acclaim and received outstanding critics.