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Strauss - Oboe Concerto

Composer Richard Strauss
Performer Alexei Ogrintchouk
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2163 SACD
EAN 7318599921631
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jun 2017
Total time 74'12

Despite his advanced age and the chaos surrounding him, Richard Strauss remained highly productive well into the 1940s. As the Second World War was coming to an end in 1944-45, the eighty-year-old composer was working on his Oboe Concerto and Sonatina No. 2 for winds, as well as the Metamorphosen for strings. &&&While the latter work was an explicit response to the destruction Strauss was witnessing, in the Concerto and the Sonatina the composer seemed to be turning his mind away from the events surrounding him. There is a pastoral quality to the oboe concerto, with a highly tuneful solo part and more than occasional touches of nostalgia for the 18th century. Similarly, Strauss headed the score of the sonatina with a dedication ‘to the spirit of the immortal Mozart at the end of a life full of thankfulness’.

To an extent, one might say that Strauss at the end of his life returned to the musical models of his youth. It is therefore fitting that these two works frame the Serenade in E flat major for wind ensemble, composed more than sixty years earlier in the tradition of entertainment music by Schubert and Mendelssohn. Alexei Ogrintchouk, one of today’s leading oboists, has proven himself in previous recordings for BIS ranging from Bach to Nikos Skalkottas and Antal Doráti. With sterling support from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons, he here makes light of the considerable difficulties of the solo part of the oboe concerto, and also directs his colleagues from the orchestra’s wind section in the works for wind ensemble.
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  Richard Strauss
  Concerto in D major for oboe and small orchestra, TrV 292 25'10
01 Allegro moderato 8'26
02 Andante 9'24
03 Vivace 4'34
04 Allegro 2'46
  Serenade in E flat major Op.7
05 Serenade in E flat major Op.7, TrV 106 9'15
  Sonatina No.2 in E flat major, TrV 291 38'37
06 I. Allegro con brio 12'30
07 II. Andantino, sehr gemächlich 5'30
08 III. Menuet. Etwas lebhaft 4'26
09 IV. Einleitung und Allegro 16'11
  Album total 74'12
ComposerStrauss, Richard
ConductorNelsons, Andris
OrchestraRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra
OboeOgrintchouk, Alexeï
Oboe/conductorOgrintchouk, Alexeï

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