Principal oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk appears as soloist with ‘his’ Concertgebouworkest, conducted by Andris Nelsons. You can watch the performance of Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with or without Ogrintchouk’s commentary.
Just after the Second World War Richard Strauss wrote his Oboe Concerto ‘at the suggestion of an American soldier from Chicago’. This soldier, John de Lancie, who had been principal oboist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra before entering the army, had visited Strauss a few times in his house in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is astonishing that Strauss wrote such a light and playful Oboe Concerto at an advanced age and just after the war.
Alexei Ogrintchouk has been principal oboist of the Concertgebouworkest since 2005. As a soloist, Ogrintchouk has worked with the Concertgebouworkest, the orchestras of the Mariinsky and the Bolshoy Theatres, and the BBC orchestras (where he was New Generation Artist 2005). As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with greats like Gidon Kremer, Leif Ove Andsnes, Radu Lupu and Thomas Quasthoff. You can watch Ogrintchouk’s interpretation of Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with or without commentary by the oboist himself.