Houston Symphony Broadcasts

Lintu And Fischer Take The Stage

Featuring works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mozart, and Schumann.

Next on the Houston Symphony Broadcast, we’ll hear principal oboe Jonathan Fischer take on Mozart, and the orchestra also performs music by Robert Schumann and Esa-Pekka Salonen, led by Hannu Lintu!

In his program notes, Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen describes his work Helix as a nine-minute accelerando, where “the material is being pushed through constantly narrowing concentric circles until the music reaches a point where it has to stop as it has nowhere to go.”

Following that, Jonathan Fischer takes the stage to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C major. The existence of this work is interesting for the fact that two versions exist, one for oboe and one for flute. The oboe concerto itself came first, and Mozart later rearranged it in the key of D and created a flute concerto on a commission. Given that it was just a reworking of an older piece, Mozart was not paid in full for the Flute Concerto No. 2.

The last piece on the program is the second of the four symphonies by Robert Schumann. Though the first and third have been given programmatic subtitles (“Spring” and “Rhenish,” respectively), this symphony exists without any specific associations. In general, the work is triumphant and uplifting, with a luxurious opening chorale that appears at the end of the piece as well.

Tune in for this concert Sunday (10/23) on News 88.7 or Wednesday (10/26) on Houston Public Media Classical at 8 PM.