Elgar: Serenade for strings, Op. 20
Vaughan Williams: Concerto for oboe and orchestra
L.v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Op.
Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae
Albrecht Mayer, Oboe
Tomàs Grau, Conductor
The ninth programme of this season is special for us: after years of work behind the scenes, it makes us extremely happy that the oboe soloist from the Berlin Philharmonic has accepted our invitation to play a wonderful and evocative concert: nothing less than the Concerto for oboe and orchestra in A minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1944). An exceptional score full of enormous difficulties for the soloist, which Albrecht Mayer, an artist from the Deutsche Grammophon, knows perfectly.
Vaughan Williams, aware of the difficulty of balancing the sound of the oboe as a soloist, reduces the Orchestra in many of the movements, giving up the free use of the tutti. This creates a sense of elegant dialogue between instruments and without at any time freeing the soloist from principal responsibility.
The Artistic Director of the Orchestra, Tomàs Grau, conducts this concert, which opens with the Serenade for Strings by English composer Edward Elgar, and then gives the leading role to the main protagonist of this 2017-2018 season, Ludwig van Beethoven, of which the Orchestra will close with Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op 92.