October 16, 2023

For Your GRAMMY® Consideration: Oboe Concerto No. 2 "Moonlight"

“Best Contemporary Classical Composition”
“Best Classical Instrumental Solo”  

‘This collection of recordings is especially meaningful for me because it charts my growth as an orchestral composer from my years as a student – when the Marimba Concerto was composed – to more mature work such as Moonlight. It also reflects the wonderful relationship I have enjoyed over the years with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop. The Marimba Concerto, which reflects my love of Mozart’s piano concertos, also represents my most direct and unguarded voice as a composer. The City was originally intended as a portrait of the city of Baltimore and more generally of the American city, but the death of Freddy Gray while in police custody and the subsequent unrest in Baltimore sent me in an unexpected direction with the piece.’

- Kevin Puts

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Moonlight is, to my ears, Puts’s finest orchestral work to date."
"Katherine Needleman, principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony, gives a magnificent performance. Her long-breathed legato would be praised in any soprano singing a Bellini aria, and when the music asks for virtuosity, Needleman provides it plentifully.