A charming nostalgic work, borne of a soldier’s request. When Hitler was defeated in April 1945, the US Army rolled in to occupy Richard Strauss’ Bavarian hometown of Garmisch. Serendipitously saved from expulsion by an American Lieutenant who was a musician, his fortunes were again influenced by a young American solider, John de Lancie, Principal Oboe with the Pittsburgh Orchestra in civilian life. Strauss became a friend of the US forces stationed there, and whilst posing for a photo with the octogenarian composer John requested he write an Oboe Concerto. Although he flatly refused, months later he published this work with the dedication suggested by an American soldier. PROGRAM RICHARD STRAUSS Oboe Concerto ARTISTS Benjamin Northey, conductor Thomas Hutchinson, oboe Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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