François Leleux last appeared with the SCO to great acclaim as an oboist; now he returns both as soloist and conductor.
He offers a dramatic and turbulent first half that yields to a sunny second. Leonard Bernstein’s explosive tour de force lies at the heart of this evening.
Halil means ‘flute’ and SCO Principal Flute Alison Mitchell takes on the virtuoso solo inspired by “the threat of wars, the overwhelming desire to live, and the consolations of art, love and the hope for peace”.
Both Lebrun and Bizet were child prodigies. Lebrun’s oboe playing was called ‘divine,’ and his lovely concerto gives a hint of just how beguiling it must have been. Bizet’s symphony, written in two months when he was just 18, is simply full of life, exuding brilliance, charm, wit and great tunes.
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