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String Orchestral Concert

on Regional Programme London

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JOAN CROSS (Soprano)
LEON GOOSSENS (Oboe)
THE LONDON STRING PLAYERS
(Leader, JEAN POUGNET)
Conductor, HERBERT MENGES
THE Oboe was first introduced in the orchestra as long ago as 1671, but although it was occasionally used by later composers, it did not become a regular member of the orchestra until Wagner made it so. Perhaps that is why there is not a very extensive repertory of solo pieces for the oboe with accompaniment. There is this concerto of Handel's, but almost until recent times the only works of note are those by Mozart, who wrote an Oboe Concerto and introduced the instrument into a quartet. Both these works should by now be familiar to listeners who havo heard Loon Goossens play them, as ho does so brilliantly. In point of fact, this very brillianoo has inspired modern composers to write concertos expressly for Mr. Goossens. For example, there is the concerto by his brother, Eugene ; another by Armstrong Gibbs; and an Oboo Quintet by Arthur Bliss. which latter work was played only recently at the International Festival of Contemporary Music in Vienna. Leon Goossens made a special journey to Vienna to play in it.
HERBERT MENGES , one of our youngest
-U- conductors, first got his hand in as a director of an orchestra by conducting a body of amateur string players which he had brought together in Brighton. A number of distinguished concerts have now been given there under Menges, who has, since those early days. conducted his first Royal Philharmonic Society Concert, almost always a gateway to high musical adventure.

Contributors

Oboe:
Leon Goossens
Conductor:
Herbert Menges
Unknown:
Loon Goossens
Unknown:
Arthur Bliss.
Unknown:
Herbert Menges

Regional Programme London

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