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Strauss - Oboe Concerto

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Catalogue numberBIS-2163 SACD
Release date2017-06-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time74:12

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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Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Strauss, Richard
  Concerto in D major for oboe and small orchestra, TrV 292 25:23
01 Allegro moderato 08:28 $ 2.03 USD
02 Andante 09:24 $ 2.26 USD
03 Vivace 04:34 $ 1.10 USD
04 Allegro 02:57 $ 0.71 USD
 
  Serenade in E flat major Op.7
05 Serenade in E flat major Op.7, TrV 106 09:29 $ 2.28 USD
 
  Sonatina No.2 in E flat major, TrV 291 39:16
06 I. Allegro con brio 12:34 $ 3.02 USD
07 II. Andantino, sehr gemächlich 05:32 $ 1.33 USD
08 III. Menuet. Etwas lebhaft 04:28 $ 1.07 USD
09 IV. Einleitung und Allegro 16:42 $ 4.01 USD
 
  Album total 74:12
ComposerStrauss, Richard
ConductorNelsons, Andris
OrchestraRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra
OboeOgrintchouk, Alexeï
Oboe/conductorOgrintchouk, Alexeï

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