Martin Owen Plays Strauss, Schumann, Weber

August 7, 2023, 9:00 am

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Regarded as one of Europe’s leading horn players, Martin Owen appears as a soloist and chamber musician around the world and is currently principal horn with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Weber’s Concertino was written for the old, valveless “natural horn.” The technical demands are testament to the extraordinary facility of the hornists of the period. The first Horn Concerto by Richard Strauss is widely considered his first masterpiece, but his second Concerto was not composed until 1942 – some sixty years later. Robert Schumann’s riotous Konzertstück for four horns opens the program, and features three more outstanding soloists: Christopher Parkes, Alec Frank-Gemmill, and Sarah Willis.