This is a portrait concert focusing on Alexei Ogrintchouk, principal oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in the Close-up chamber music series. Ogrintchouk has opted for a somewhat larger combination of instruments than usual to perform a classic eighteenth-century chamber work: Mozart's 'Gran Partita' for twelve wind instruments and double bass. The work offers plenty of opportunities for Ogrintchouk and his colleagues from the orchestra to shine both in solo and ensemble material.
It is preceded by Beethoven's 'Gassenhauer' Trio. Accompanied by his father Leonid and RCO cellist Jérôme Fruchart, Ogrintchouk, who is playing the 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.
For fans of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Close-up concerts given in the Recital Hall provide a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with individual musicians. In this concert series, they perform chamber music in small ensembles, allowing you to enjoy their unique musical personalities and abilities.