The Notes Are Swallows is a surprising and touching collection of forgotten landscape miniatures in Dutch music and poetry. With this project, a long cherished wish comes true for Pauline Oostenrijk: to combine her love for the oboe, the piano, Dutch music, Dutch literature, and Dutch landscape.
This album brings the complete oeuvre for oboe solo by Dutch composer Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer (1888-1953) out of the shadows. These atmospheric, colourful and meditative compositions were mostly written for Jaap Stotijn and his son Haakon Stotijn, both icons of the legendary Dutch Oboe School.
Pauline Oostenrijk, who is considered to be the last Dutch oboe soloist cherishing this tradition of a songful, expressive and clear-voiced oboe sound, is the designated person to record this repertoire.
Being a pianist as well as an oboist, Pauline is delighted to be able to alternate these oboe pieces with some completely unknown early piano works of the same composer: musical portraits of flowers and birds that perfectly match the rustic atmosphere of the oboe pieces.