Sir John Barbirolli conducts Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.4 and the Martinů Oboe Concerto, with his wife Evelyn Rothwell as soloist, from the 1958 and 1959 Promenade Concerts.
Evelyn Rothwell (Lady Barbirolli) recalled the Martinů concerto in her book Life with Gloriuous John: “I made great friends with the oboist Jiri Tancibudek. Many years ago he had left his native Czechoslovakia to make his life in Australia, where he had a most successful career..... Martinů’s Oboe Concerto was written for him and he has recorded it on CD, having studied it with the composer. Jiri came to Europe to introduce the work himself, but could not stay long enough to play the first performance in England, so I had the privilege of introducing this fine concerto at the Proms in London and other European cities.”
“it is one of the strengths of Barbirolli's remarkable performance that he plays [the opening of the Tchaikovsky] as...burdened and foreboding, not as a fanfare...This is a performance to treasure for the truth of its perceptions.”
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