Jonathan Nott, conductor
Alexei Ogrintchouk, oboe
Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, Ariane et Barbe Bleue, mythical figures illustrated in music by two orchestral masters: the dazzling Richard Strauss and the extremely discreet Paul Dukas, of whom the sole opera (presented here in a few symphonic excerpts) remains largely unknown. Richard Strauss’ lively Oboe Concerto was written in 1945 at the very end of his long life, during his lengthy stay in our country. It casts a longing eye back at an idealized 18th century after the horrors of the war.