François Leleux, one of the great oboists of our time, returns to the SSO in a breezy program with a French theme.
French oboist François Leleux has previously joined us as guest principal in the orchestra, and most recently as a soloist and director. In 2018 we’ll experience his gifts as a conductor as well. For this program Leleux has chosen the spritely wind serenade that was played under Mozart’s window in Vienna and he’s surrounded it with the exquisite sounds of French music. There’s Fauré’s lyrical music for Maeterlinck’s lovers, best known for its rippling Sicilienne, and Bizet’s exuberant Symphony in C, composed when he was just 17. And a new arrangement of Debussy’s saxophone rhapsody will display Leleux’s sublime cor anglais playing.
Leleux is a ‘‘fearless, flawless player... His sound is plush and enormous.’’
The Herald, Scotland