Oboe sounds brittle and stiff, but in a charismatic way, ime. Maybe it has less distance from quietest possible to fortissimo than, say, a clarinet or a trumpet? Those mysterious oboe and bassoon reeds are so different from clarinet and sax reeds. HOWEVER! I heard on classical radio station an oboist playing with lots of expressiveness .Melismas. Not brittle. maybe he has unique breath control or embouchure, or maybe he uses a radically softer (?) or harder (?) reed than most oboists do, or Maybe he's a maverick and just ignores conventional oboe teaching. Whatever. When the classical station DJ announced the track all I caught was his first name is an Eastern European version of Kristov. Khrystof, idk The spelling could be quite different. Possibly Czech or Polish. He was like the Little Walter of classical oboe !!!!!!! (very fluid amplified harmonica style) ok folks. Help me ID this talented fellow. could be a lady named Kryztohv. Please ask your nerdy sibling at the conservatory if that rings a bell. Thanks.