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A portrait concert focusing on Alexei Ogrintchouk, principal oboist of the Concertgebouworkest, in the Close-up chamber music series.
Accompanied by his Concertgebouworkest colleagues Jérôme Fruchart (cello) and Jeroen Bal (piano), Ogrintchouk, who is playing the original violin part on the oboe, lets us hear just how advanced the young Beethoven's use of harmony was for his time. Gassenhauer meant a popular song, one which could be heard in the streets (Gassen) - the song in question being a theme from Joseph Weigl's opera L'amor marinaro, which could be heard being whistled on every street corner at the time. For the final movement, Beethoven composed a number of brilliant variations on the tune.