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Essentially Strauss: LSO Wind Ensemble

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

St Luke's BBC Radio 3

The youthful wind music of Richard Strauss meets Jonathan Dove’s English salute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: unbridled charm from the virtuoso players of the LSO Wind Ensemble.  

From his brilliant youth to his serene old age, Richard Strauss revered the music of Mozart, and he never missed an opportunity to dress up in Amadeus’ clothes. His Serenade and Suite for Wind Instruments show the young genius at his most irresistible – charming, tuneful and bubbling over with fantasy and fun. A century later Jonathan Dove created his own homage to Mozart: an enchanting wind serenade that imagines the characters from The Marriage of Figaro picnicking in an English country garden.  

Taken together, they add up to a magical lunchtime with the musicians of the LSO’s world-renowned wind section – 13 top-flight players, conducted by Nicolò Foron, winner of the 2023 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition.  

‘I want to create joy. I need it! – Richard Strauss

The performance will end at approximately 2.05pm

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

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