Sir John Barirolli and Evelyn Rothwell

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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.

Sir John Barirolli and Evelyn Rothwell

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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.” Gramophone April 2011

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Composer Tchaikovsky, Martinu
Oboist No
Artistes No
Secondary Composer / Arranger No

Martinu: Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra Proms 24 August 1959 Evelyn Rothwell (oboe)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 Proms 25 August 1958 Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

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Publisher Barbirolli Society
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