Earthy folk tunes and foot-tapping dances from olden times pervade François Leleux’s gutsy first concert of this Season. Joseph Haydn delighted Parisian audiences with the country carnival atmosphere of his Symphony No 82, and its vivid images of bears jigging to rustic bagpipes are what gave the symphony its nickname. Likewise, Anton Webern had a lot of fun with his witty orchestral reimagining of six spirited German Dances by Schubert.
Scholarship suggests that the C Major Oboe Concerto may not be by Haydn, but its singing melodies and fizzing exuberance are the ideal match for Leleux’s animated playing all the same. He closes with the endless melodic inventiveness of Brahms’ ‘St Anthony’ Variations.
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François Leleux is a special featured artist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the 2018/19 Season appearing three times as a Conductor / Soloist and in a Chamber Concert. He is renowned for bringing “bigger-than life personality” to his performances and his pre-eminence as an oboist is internationally recognised.