Vladimir Ashkenazy has too many musical
favourites to count! But for this concert he's agreed to name
three, beginning with Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet.
After Tchaikovsky's Romantic masterpiece
- music to tug at your heartstrings
- there's Richard Strauss in neoclassical mode with his
breezily Mozartian Oboe Concerto. Our soloist is former Berlin
Philharmonic oboist, Hansjörg Schellenberger.
And then there's William Walton's English mix of humour, high
spirits and nostalgia. "Walton 1 is an absolute favourite of mine,"
says Ashkenazy. "It's compelling and it has tremendous energy."
This is music that's carried along by the brazen power of its
rhythms and vibrant orchestral sounds
- a breathtaking end to a dramatic concert.