The EOS Duo, comprised of Dr. Kimberlee Goodman on flute and classical guitarist Karl Wohlwend, held their debut concert in Riley Auditorium at Otterbein College this past Sunday. The program consisted of C.P.E. Bach’s “Hamburger” Sonata in G major, David Leisner’s “Dances in the Madhouse,” Jindrich Feld’s “Deux Danses,” and Astor Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango.”
EOS’ interpretation of the Bach offered a contemporary flare on traditional classical music. C.P.E. Bach originally wrote “Hamburger” for flute and continuo, in which a low string instrument and keyboard would accompany the flute. The use of guitar instead of continuo instruments gave the work a unique timbre and provided a delicate support for the melodic flute line. Goodman’s performance of this technically demanding was full of virtuosity and energy, while Wohlwend’s precise accompaniment accentuated Bach’s musical intention.
The works that followed were all contemporary works based on dances. Leisner’s “Dances in the Madhouse” provided the audience’s ear with a bit of comical relief. Inspired by a 20th century lithograph, this piece is full of musical imagery and depicts four different groups of patients in a mental hospital. The Feld was an interesting work in that it explored more than a few dissonant harmonies but still retained a beautiful melodic quality.
The afternoon came to a close with the Piazzolla, which was the showcase piece for both Goodman and Wohlwend. Both players had to use extended techniques, such as flutter tonguing on the flute and using the body of the guitar as a percussion instrument. Piazzolla’s work injected an air of eroticism into the program, which accurately showed the sexual nature of the Argentine tango.
Both professors of music at Otterbein, it’s no surprise that Goodman and Wohlwend went a step beyond the traditional classical concert and presented a lecture recital, or a recital in which the performers discuss the composers and pieces they are playing. This type of recital is beneficial for young musicians and non-musicians. Knowing about the works played gives the audience something to listen for and puts the music in context, which not only makes the concert more interesting but also provides a learning opportunity.
Their refined talent was clearly displayed through this music. Both have an acute sense of how to best carry out the composer’s musical intentions while still preserving their own interpretations. To top it off, part of their appeal is their on-stage demeanor; both Goodman and Wohlwend create a light and fun atmosphere through their educational commentary and stage presence. The EOS Duo is a fine choice for anyone looking to enjoy an afternoon or evening of fine chamber music.
Kimberlee Goodman holds flute performance degrees from Arizona State University (BM) and the Ohio State University (MM, DMA). Karl Wohlwend holds a Master of Music degree in classical guitar from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Outside of teaching at Otterbein, both Wohlwend and Goodman teach privately in the Columbus area. Visit their websites by clicking on their names for information on lessons and upcoming performances.