Hear famous Mozart arias from The Magic Flute re-interpreted by eminent French oboist François Leleux, who is recognised throughout the world as the best oboist of his generation. Under the baton of conductor and composer Peter Ruzicka, François Leleux will perform with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) in the Oboe Delights Concerts (1 & 2 December) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. The programme will also include the Hong Kong premiere of Aulodie, an oboe concerto by Peter Ruzicka.
The Magic Flute has long been a favourite of audiences. In this concert, François Leleux will delight the audience by « singing » four renowned arias from it through his oboe. These are « Der Vogelfänger bin ich, ja! », « Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön », « Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen » and « Der hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen ». He will also give the Hong Kong premiere of Ruzicka’s Aulodie, a work inspired by the Greek ancient woodwind instrument.
This fantastic night of oboe will open with Beethoven’s joyful Fourth Symphony and close with Richard Strauss’ playful Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. Despite being less well-known than the others, the Fourth Symphony is one of Beethoven’s most original and inventive. Adapted from German folklore, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks is infused with fun and humour, making a perfect ending for this delightful concert.