Formerly Mike T
Would it be fair to say that, of this fabulous smörgåsbord of wind, one weaker point is the oboe?
I think I've noticed it's one of few instruments not being singled out for praise much; and, to my non-expert ears, it sounds somewhat thinner and blander compared with the robust organic character of the other IW2.0 instruments and IB1.5.
I'd be curious to know what more experienced listeners think of the oboes.
I think, of the woodwinds, the weak points are still the flutes, especially the extended flute family, and the oboes, including that bass oboe....
Overall though, I think I now prefer the woodwinds to the brass. Like I said before, curious where things go from here.