Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven

Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle

Jonathan Kelly

  • Richard Strauss
    Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra in D major, o. op. 144

    Jonathan Kelly oboe

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives), Oratorio, op. 85

    Iwona Sobotka soprano, Benjamin Bruns tenor, David Soar baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master

In his Oboe Concerto, Richard Strauss magically succeeded in composing in the spirit of Mozart and Schubert without denying his own artistic identity. Simon Rattle performs the work with the Philharmoniker’s principal oboe Jonathan Kelly. He then presents Beethoven’s oratorio Christus am Ölberge, which conveys less spiritual devotion than operatic expressiveness, such as in a dramatically escalating scene depicting the arrest of Jesus.

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