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Yannick Conducts Mahler 4

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Richard Woodhams - Oboe

Christiane Karg - Soprano


Britten - Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell

Strauss - Oboe Concerto

Mahler - Symphony No. 4

Friday, October 4, 2013

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

From the opening sleigh bells to the heavenly song of the final movement, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 is a sunny and optimistic work, drawing much of its balance and influence from the Classical era. Benjamin Britten, born 100 years ago, also drew inspiration from an earlier period, using themes from 17th-century composer Henry Purcell in his orchestral showpiece Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell. Featuring all the main sections of the orchestra, and presenting prominent solos from The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal players, Britten’s work stands as one of the best “guides to the orchestra” ever written.

Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto had its genesis during a lengthy meeting between former Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Oboe John de Lancie and the composer. De Lancie, who was stationed in Germany at the end of World War II, suggested that Strauss compose a concerto for oboe and orchestra. While de Lancie did not give the work’s premiere, he did perform the Concerto in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s first performance, in 1964. Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams, a student of de Lancie’s, now carries this connection forward.

program notes

Richard Woodhams, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Oboist, and Cristian Măcelaru, Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor

Pre-Concert Conversations

Join us for a post-concert CD signing with Yannick in Commonwealth Plaza. The new Orchestra recording, Stravinsky & Stokowski: Rite of Spring/Bach Transcriptions, will also be sold in Commonwealth Plaza.

Post-Concert Conversations