A Rose By Any Other Name – Bethany Hensel

Would it still smell as sweet?  It was, and is, one of the most poetic questions of ever written.  And it can wholly be applied to Saturday night's performance of Franz Haydn's Oboe Concerto.
In the program, the description of the Oboe Concerto basically reads like a mystery.  Apparently, Haydn had the popularity of a Jonas Brother during the height of his popularity – the late 1700's.  In fact, he was so popular that a lot of people took advantage of that popularity.  Mostly, they took advantage of the name "Haydn".  After all, penning those five letters on a composition could mean instant success for the person who miight not otherwise even have been published.
So the question now is, was the Oboe Concerto really written by Haydn?  Forensics have been able to determine the authenticity of other Haydn works, but not the Concerto.  The only thing that any historian can really go on is its style.  It seems like is was written by Haydn.  It sounds like it was written by Haydn.  So…it must be…right?
Well, I can't say for sure, because I am by no means an expert when it comes to this man.  Ask me to pick out the right Frankie Valli amidst a bunch of impersonators, and that I can do.  But unfortunately…I have no such affirmative opinion about Haydn or his Oboe Concerto.  Anyway, the only thing I can say, for 100% certain, is that, no matter who it was written by, the Concerto is really a lovely piece of music. 
Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida was the soloist for the Concerto, and she was superb, if a bit fidgety.  She checked her oboe a lot; I'm not sure what she was looking for or what she was adjusting.  I've never seen a solo oboeist before, so it was a new experience for me.  Regardless, she played my favorite movement – the third movement – with great verve and gusto and charm.  Brava Ms. DeAlmeida.  And bravo PSO!

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