Monday, February 24, 2020

Unusual concertos [4]: Oboe

The fourth concertante instrument in the new edition of this subject (background link) takes us back to the regular symphony orchestra. The oboe is a perfect example of a once popular concertante instrument that fell into neglect during the romantic era, and made a revival in the last century. Many composers of name created oboe concertos in that time frame, such as Vaughan Williams, R Strauss, Aho, Henze and Arnold. For this post's example, I have selected Bruno Maderna's second of three concertos. All three are available on a Philips CD, in a performance by Heinz Holliger with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bertini (Amazon link).

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