Conductor Giordano Bellincampi
Oboe Bede Hanley
Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No.3
Christopher Rouse Oboe Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3,‘Scottish’
APO Principal Oboe Bede Hanley plays Christopher Rouse’s genial concerto, inspired by the ‘long, lyrical lines’ which the instrument plays so beautifully. Rouse didn’t ignore the oboe’s agility, though, and Bede will have plenty of fast music to keep him busy.
Obsessed with forgotten music, Respighi dug around in dusty libraries, found lost treasures, and re-composed them, adding his own twist.
Mendelssohn’s imagination was also fired by the past. Standing in the ruins of Holyrood House, he mused ‘Grass and ivy grow at the broken altar where Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland’. Here his ‘Scottish’ Symphony began.