Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
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In the history of music, each century has interpreted the concept of the Hero differently: older periods have depicted the chosen one emerging from the crowd in an ideal fashion, while the masters of later eras would take an ironic view of the warrior who previously had been portrayed with noble pathos. At this concert, the audience will get to encounter both artistic approaches.
The programme music of the other 'heroic' piece in the concert, Richard Strauss's 1898 symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben, places the composer himself at its centre: in addition to the inclusion of a multitude of self-references to his previous works, this involves - with appealing modesty - a good dose of self-deprecating humour coming through in the depiction as well. Dating from 1945, the Oboe Concerto being performed between the two symphonic works is an attractive example of the serenity of Strauss's late music.
Oboist Juliana Koch is an internationally renowned virtuoso of her instrument. She has served as the London Symphony Orchestra's principal oboe since 2018, the same year that she also joined the faculty of the city's Royal College of Music. Son of the legendary Kurt Sanderling, Michael Sanderling is an old acquaintance of the Hungarian audience, having appeared here both as an outstanding cellist and as a highly cultured conductor.
Presented by: Hungarian National Philharmonic
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