RCO Editions 13
The Miraculous Lightness of Being
At the end of his life Richard Strauss wrote a concerto for oboe. It is a piece full of light and life – unexpectedly, perhaps, considering his age and the dark times Germany was going through. This lightness of touch is as unexpected as the way in which Martijn Padding took a sixteenth-century Dutch song, Ick Seg Adieu (I Bid You Adieu), and gave it a sparkling new life, or the way Benjamin Britten put the fantastic visions of Arthur Rimbaud to music. This is an edition full of brightness, lightness, play.